Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft will increase access to computer science education and digital skills training for 5 million youth across 2 years in all 28 EU member states. This will be accomplished through a holistic approach that directly empowers both educators and youth. Furthermore, we are refocusing our non-profit-led training efforts in 21 EU member states by aiming to reach at least 50% girls.

Last update: 02/07/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education
Digital skills for labour force
Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/12/2016
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO
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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company which aims to tackle job creation to help fight unemployment; fuel innovation; improve transparency, productivity and efficiency for local businesses and government and contribute to building an inclusive society.

Qualitative Impact

• To ensure capacity building for teachers to embrace digital skills in order to help guide the way for youth by introducing computer science skills from an early stage as foundational to educational practice.
• To make digital and STEM education and role models a priority for youth, namely girls and young women, to ensure an inclusive future talent pool for the economy. With this in mind we have redirected the focus of our YouthSpark grants in order to target at least 50% girls and young women.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained online/students Youth across Europe will be targeted through access to computer science education opportunities across the EU 28 member states 5,000,000 2,500000

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

Through the Hour of Code Campaign in December 2016, Microsoft reached 45,000 youth through coding workshops, new training resources such as Minecraft for Education and digital skills.

In the first year, July 2016-July 2017 we reached and trained over 80,000 teachers across the EU through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Network this has reached 1.6 million youth with 21st century technology skills.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Reach and train 160,000 teachers across the EU through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Network this will reach 3.2 million youth with 21st century technology skills. 31/07/2018 On Track
Reach 80,000 youth, through the Hour of Code Campaign, through coding workshops, new training resources such as Minecraft for Education and digital skills. 31/12/2017 On Track