Along with sums and science projects, elementary school kids in Finland might soon add computer programming and coding to their homework.
The forward-thinking move from the Finnish government comes a year after a similar program to give youngsters a head-start in coding launched in neighboring Estonia. If Finland follows in Estonia’s footsteps then actual coding languages will not be taught to children straight away, but kids will be introduced to logic and thinking skills which could help them in the future.
Finnish Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb said that teaching basic programming to kids is definitely on the country’s radar and could be a great idea for schools. “Kids today are growing up as natives to technology,” the Minister said to news sources, “and the sooner they get going, the better.”
Although Finnish company Nokia was sold to Microsoft in September of this year, the country has still emerged as a technology hub in its own right. Thanks to the success of startups such as Rovio and Supercell, Finland has become an attractive destination for programmers and developers around Europe. If this school plan comes to fruition then Finland could soon have an army of home-grown programmers at its command to continue keeping the country at the forefront of technological development.