Coding For Kids Gets Holy Backing From Pope Francis
The idea of sending kids to coding camps is an idea wise people support wholeheartedly, recognising the value of learning such skills at a young age for use in work and particularly as a means of paving the way for careers in tech.
However, the endorsement has now come from a very high place, especially for anyone who is a Catholic - none other than Pope Francis himself.
The papal support has been given to an initiative by Polish AI entrepreneur Miron Mironiuk, named ‘Code with Pope’. Mr Mironiuk, who attributes his success from humble beginnings to learning to code, wants to spread the skill in developing countries, many of which have Catholic majority populations, via the programme.
He hopes this will address "the glaring disparities in education" across the world.
It will be available in Spanish, English, Italian and Polish, with Mr Mironiuk telling the BBC: "We believe that the involvement of the Pope will help to convince them to spend some time and use this opportunity to learn programming for free."
The programme will focus on the popular coding Language Python and will be aimed at students aged 11-16 in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
While recognition in high places of the value of coding could be important, so too might an appreciation by the Pontiff of how countries in Latin America like his native Argentina might fall further behind without coding skills.
At the same time, in a global race, it remains crucial for kids here in Britain to learn coding.
If ever proof were needed of the international nature of the competition, Gibraltar’s ex-pat paper The Olive Press has reported on how five teams of young coders from the territory have come to the UK to take on mainland British counterparts in a coding competition.
From the Rock of Gibraltar to the Vatican, it seems nearly everyone has realised the importance of coding.