Microsoft ‘Hour of Code’ for 200 students

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By 2017-12-08

With the aim of 'empowering future ready generations in Sri Lanka', Microsoft hosted the 'Hour of Code', a programme to equip Sri Lankan students with coding skills to thrive in the digital economy.
'Hour Of Code' is a global movement that aims to encourage as many children as possible to embrace the world of coding and the opportunities it can provide them. The movement started as a one-hour introductory activity to computer science and is designed to demystify "code".

The event was held at the Temple Trees with 200 students from all parts of Sri Lanka, to encourage the youth to try and pursue computer science. This is the third consecutive year that Microsoft is part of this global call to action for students to spend an hour learning the basics of coding, during Computer Science Education Week (4–10 December). The event brought together many partners who volunteered their time to help participants learn an hour of code.

The event was attended by the Minister of Law and Order & Southern Development and Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, among other officials from Microsoft Sri Lanka and some parents.
This is a milestone in Microsoft's push to help the next generation become future-ready. Students face a future workforce unlike that of any previous generation due to the advancement of technology. Students with knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will have tremendous advantages in the increasingly digital world.
A new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, 'Hero's Journey', was launched in November to support this year's Hour of Code activities that deliver core coding concepts like loops, debugging, and functions, using a visual block-based editor.
Getting the next generation future-ready

Technology is transforming our society and economy at an unprecedented rate, putting new demands on our current workforce, as well as on youth who will soon join that workforce. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of children who enter primary school today will work in new jobs that do not currently exist.

With the rising digital economy and the nonstop pace of technological evolution, Microsoft and its partners have an imperative to prepare young people to pursue careers that are in demand. Beyond computing jobs, computer science education also provides critical skills that are now required in any field, from music and fashion to manufacturing, healthcare and transportation.

"Computer Science is about much more than learning to code. It teaches creativity, computational thinking, analytical reasoning and complex problem-solving; skills that are essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives Country Manager Hasitha Abeywardena. "From basic computer literacy to computer science education, digital skills can open the door to greater economic opportunities."

"At Microsoft, we believe everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits of technology and to participate in the creation of the new digital economy. Together with like-minded partners, we are working towards a future where every person – regardless of age, gender or background – has the skills and opportunity to succeed in the digital future," he added.

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