Accenture and Expo 2020 Dubai have committed to hosting 2,020 hours of coding tutorials for UAE primary school students.
The ‘2020 Hours of Code' initiative, which will be hosted at the Expo 2020 Visitor Centre, aims to provide students with digital skills.
Accenture is the Digital Services Premier Partner and Systems Integrator for Expo 2020, as well as being a supporter of the global Hour of Code initiative, which trains students in coding skills.
The ‘2020 Hours of Code' initiative was announced as part of the UAE Innovation Month 2019.
"We are proud to announce this important initiative that builds on our robust partnership with Expo 2020," said Gerardo Canta, who leads Accenture's Communications, Media & Technology practice in the Middle East & Turkey. "As the UAE strives to cement its position as a digital hub in the region, it is essential that our youth are fluent in coding to meet these aspirations. Though delivering more than 2,000 hours of coding is an ambitious target, it is a testament to our passion and commitment to equipping this nation's youth with the right tools to succeed."
Delivered in collaboration with the Expo School Programme, the weekly sessions will take place at the Expo 2020 Dubai Visitor Centre. In addition to providing computers for the sessions, Accenture will lead tutorials in both Arabic and English to ensure that all participating students benefit from the experience.
Mohammed Alhashmi, Expo 2020's chief technology officer for Innovation and Future Technology, said: "In line with Expo's theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', the 2020 Hours of Code initiative will enable young people to explore exciting concepts while developing new skills that will empower them in their future careers. Together with Accenture, we aim to help take our youth's digital literacy to the next level."