Microsoft Partners with More than 100 Nonprofits to Increase Access to Computer Science Education

Announces Grants to Supply Nonprofits with the Tools and Resources They Need to Educate Local Communities
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Yvonne Thomas, the Director of Global Programs, Microsoft Philanthropies

(Redmond, WA, Wednesday, April 20, 2016) - Microsoft Philanthropies this week announced key grants and partnerships with more than 100 nonprofit organizations in 55 countries as part of Microsoft’s $75 million commitment to increase access to computer science education around the world. 

Through the $75 million expansion of Microsoft Philanthropies YouthSpark initiative unveiled by CEO Satya Nadella last year, Microsoft aims to provide nonprofits with the tools and resources they need to bring computational thinking and skills to young people in local communities, important building blocks to help them succeed in our tech-fueled economy.

New data from Microsoft and independent research firm Bellwether underscores the need for greater access to computer science education around the world, revealing three consistent barriers to reaching all students, including:

1)     Stereotypes about what computer science is and who it is for

2)     Insufficient policy supporting the inclusion of computer science in curriculum

3)     A need for training of instructors on how to teach computational thinking and skills 

Microsoft’s partnerships with nonprofits mean that more young people around the world—particularly underserved communities, girls and ethnic and racially diverse populations—have access to critical computer science education. 

More information can be found on the Microsoft blog, which includes an infographic of computer science education data from Microsoft and independent research firm Bellwether. 

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