BBC to push computing, coding in British schools, homes, businesses

Oct. 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The BBC, in a push to move computing into the mainstream, has announced plans to bring coding into every home, business and school in the United Kingdom.

BBC's director general, Tony Hall, said the initiative would launch in 2015.

"We want to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology," he said, citing increasing concerns that vital computing skills are no longer being taught in the country's schools.

The initiative comes three decades after a BBC campaign to make computing mainstream by putting BBC Micro computers in British schools.

"The BBC has played a hugely important role in inspiring a generation of digital and technology leaders in the past, and now it's time to reignite that creativity," BBC Director of Future Media Ralph Rivera said.

"We want to transform the nation's ability and attitude towards coding."

The BBC has released few details of the initiative but said it would partner with government entities, teachers and companies in the technology sector.

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