Google's Code in the Community Program runs for 20 weeks as a multi-level computer science initiative for children ages eight to 15.
The program is funded by Google and the Chinese Development Assistance Council, the Eurasian Association, the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), and Yayasan Mendaki.
These organizations aim to help 3,000 underprivileged children develop computational skills for possible technology careers.
"It's our way of...playing our part in the community as well as in partnership with everything the government is doing or other institutions might be working on as well," says Google Asia Pacific's D.N. Prasad.
SINDA president Indranee Rajah says coding is a skill students should acquire naturally through fun and play. "If you expose somebody at a young age, you allow them the freedom to absorb this and to play with it and to let them create with it, it just becomes something that is an inherent skill," Rajah says.
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