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Computer Science Education Is a Global Challenge

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The Brookings report offers a patchy picture, demonstrating both countries level of capacity to deliver computer science education and the different approaches countries have taken.


For the last two years, I've been one of the advisors to the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, a U.S.-based think tank, on their project to survey formal computing education systems across the world. The resulting education policy report, Building skills for life: How to expand and improve computer science education around the world, pulls together the findings of their research. I'll highlight key lessons policymakers and educators can benefit from, and what elements I think have been missed.

Why a global challenge?

Work on this new Brookings report was motivated by the belief that if our goal is to create an equitable, global society, then we need computer science (CS) in school to be accessible around the world; countries need to educate their citizens about computer science, both to strengthen their economic situation and to tackle inequality between countries. The report states that "global development gaps will only be expected to widen if low-income countries' investments in these domains falter while high-income countries continue to move ahead" (p. 12).

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