Expo 2020 Dubai and Accenture will offer 2,020 hours of programming training to primary school students in the UAE, which will be completed shortly before the opening of the Dubai International Expo on 20 October 2020.
The weekly training sessions will be held in conjunction with EXPO Schools at Expo 2020, Dubai, to enable UAE school students to develop programming skills and computer science in a fun and exciting environment.
The “2020 Programming Hour” initiative, launched during the month of innovation in the UAE in February 2019, marks an extension of the ongoing partnership between Expo 2020 Dubai and Ascension, the premier digital partner and system integrator.
Accenture will continue to host programming development sessions for young learners until Expo 2020 Dubai.
In line with Accenture’s “Success Skills” initiative, which focuses on addressing key skills gaps, the 2020 Programming Hour initiative will focus on helping students build critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will benefit them regardless of their level of professional skills and orientation.
“In line with the UAE’s efforts to strengthen its position as a digital hub in the region, young people need to be trained in a high level of programming skills to meet the country’s aspirations,” said Gerardo Kanta, Executive Director, Communications, Media and Technology, Accenture Middle East and Turkey. Expo 2020. Although more than 2000 programming hours are a very ambitious goal, at the same time it reflects our firm commitment and our keenness to provide young people with the tools necessary to ensure the realization of the UAE vision.”
Over the past few years, the UAE leadership has given increasing attention to programming, especially with the launch of initiatives such as the one million Arab programmers announced in 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“In line with the Expo logo,” Connect minds and create the future, “the 2020 Initiative aims to enable young people to explore concepts and develop new skills that will help them in their future careers,” said Mohammed Al Hashimi, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation & Future Technology, Expo 2020 Dubai. With Accenture to help our young people elevate their digital skills to higher levels.”
In addition to providing computers during sessions, Accenture will provide training sessions in both Arabic and English to ensure that all participating students benefit from this experience.
Accenture has been involved in “programming hour” initiatives since 2015. Last year, about 2,500 employees at Accenture pledged to teach a programming hour at local events, helping inspire more than 100,000 students around the world to learn programming skills and computer science.