Facebook invests £100,000 in open source education programme

Facebook supports Apps for Good in encouraging young people to learn code

Facebook has announced it is investing £100,000 to support charity Apps for Good to encourage more young people, particularly girls, to consider careers in technology and engineering.

Facebook confirmed it will be developing an open source education programme to enable schools to teach students how to “design and develop social applications that matter to them”.

“In 2014, Facebook is supporting Apps for Good to the tune of £100,000, which in turn is supporting 20,000 students aged 10-18 in 230 schools across the UK,” a Facebook representative told Computer Weekly. 

As reported by The Telegraph recently, Simon Milner, Facebook's director of policy, commented on the £100,000 investment during an event at Facebook’s London engineering offices.

"This is our biggest commitment into this area, other than hackathons and things like that. Being part of this launch is part of our contribution to stimulating young people," he said.

"We're doing our bit to get more young people, especially girls, into engineering. I'd love us to be able to recruit more young people from UK schools and universities."

Facebook and Apps for Good’s investment comes as a report from the government reveals two-thirds of girls would not consider a career in engineering.

According to the report, less than one in 10 engineering professionals in the country are women, in addition to only one in seven engineering students being female.

Also at Facebook’s recent event was equalities minister Jo Swinson, who spoke at Computer Weekly’s Women in IT event this year.

At the event she was reported as saying: "Engineering has a bit of an image problem.”

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