re thrilled to announce that Shilpa Sayura Foundation is one of 28 organizations in 16 countries receiving a 2016 Google RISE Award!
The Google RISE Awards is a program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science (CS) for K-12/pre-university age youth that are traditionally underrepresented in CS.
Shilpa Sayura Foundation received a Google RISE Award to support for creating local language programming resources, for the AlgoHACK program which provides youth with inspiration, knowledge, skills and leadership to unleash their full potential for 21st century.
In 2016, Google has provided $1.2M in grants to 56 organizations in 28 countries through the RISE Awards. The RISE Awards began in 2010; 2016 marks Google’s seventh year of supporting outstanding organizations that engage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programs.
In the last seven years, over $5 million dollars in RISE Awards have been given to more than 200 organizations across 45 countries reaching over 1 million students and educators.
"We need more kids falling in love with science and math.” That's what Larry Page, Google’s co-founder, said at our 2013 I/O, and it's a feeling shared by all of us at Google. We know technology has the power to change the world for the better and Google has made it a priority to inspire young people to not just use technology, but to create it. But far too few students have access to either the education or encouragement they need to pursue computer science. We want to help bridge that gap and get more students access and exposure to CS.
“For me, it matters that we drive technology as an equalizing force, as an enabler for everyone around the world. Which is why I do want Google to see, push, and invest more in making sure computing is more accessible, connectivity is more accessible.” - Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google Inc. (Verge, 2015)
The need for more diverse students graduating with degrees in computer science has never been as apparent as it is today. The technology industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and technology job opportunities are predicted to grow at a faster rate than all other jobs in the professional sector, up to 22% growth over the next decade. Yet interest in computer science education in some communities continues to lag behind.
Google aspires to reflect the globally diverse audience our products serve. We want to prepare the next generation for the workplace of the future, and expand access to CS education that engages and retains students from all backgrounds.
"Most Youth today attracted to diverse tools for application development. Its easy to find a framework or application code, modify and use it like never before. They can get programs running even without knowing how the code works. We see a lack of core computer science and problem solving skills, computational and algorithmic thinking for among young people in our community. Lack of local language Computer Science education materials and tools is the main problem we address this year. We are going back to the basics, by writing computer science e books in local language to teach computer science from beginning to produce 21st century technology innovators and creators" Says Niranjan Meegammana, Founder and Lead Educator of AlgoHack program at Shilpa Sayura Foundation.
“This collective effort to inspire our next generation of technology innovators and creators will reach tens of thousands of students this year,” said Nicky Rigg, Google’s RISE Awards program manager. “We are excited to announce our recent cohort of 28 organizations across 16 countries. Our RISE Awardees make up a community of passionate and vibrant educators and advocates. They are changemakers that engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.”
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