SDG4: S(Love)Code - How can companies help to nurture 21st century skills
Webinar SDG4: S(Love)Code - How can companies help to nurture 21st century skills was organised and hosted by Jakub Šimek from project partner Pontis Foundation.
Achieving Goal 4 for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.
How can companies effectively contribute to the SDG4 Quality Education and inspire their peers?
A small team at Accenture in Slovakia had an idea to create something beyond their direct involvement in an annual event of Hour of Code, where corporate volunteers used to spend an hour teaching children to code. They have created a project S(Love)Code and after two years they were able to involve 10% of all primary school students in a coding competition and train over 200 teachers. They also share their know-how in a collective impact effort at the Slovak Business Leaders Forum to improve digital skills in Slovakia.
- Alena Kanabová(Senior Manager at Accenture) and Zuzana Tkačová(Project Manager at Accenture) from Accenture(a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations) presented their S(LOVE)Codeprogram for raising a digitally skilled generation for the 21st century. They scaled their program to over 10% of Slovak primary school students and shared their good practice with other companies at Business Leaders Forum (BLF). The Digital Business Skills consortium at BLF see technology as fundamentally changing the future of work and situation in Slovak schools. Through the presentation of the S(Love)Code approach it was possible to see how Accenture measured the success of their work and achievement of SDG4. Examples are: From the 2016 there are more than 100 volunteers from 5 companies involved in teaching, more than 1000 trained teachers and more than 25% of all Slovak schools are reached in the project.
- Juraj Kubica,senior investment advisor at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Informatizationpresented a vision and strategy of Slovak Development until 2030. Mr. Kubica presented six national priorities for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda as a result of extensive stakeholder participation and discussions with civil society.