To bring out the potential of children and young people in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), the British Council is taking micro:bit to 64 public libraries across the country by the year 2020. Through micro:bit, they will be able to learn and develop their skills of coding by attending free classes that will be run by volunteers from the IT sector and university computer science departments.

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is a non-profit organisation enabling children around the world to get creative with technology and gain digital skills with a tiny programmable computer. It makes teaching and learning so much more fun.

To create an innovative learning environment, micro: bit pop-up coding cupboards will be assigned to each library with IT equipment for the coding courses. As one of the fastest growing occupation, knowledge of coding will pave the way towards employment, community engagement and digital leadership and skills development. Furthermore, this critical collaboration will enable more young women and girls to gain employment.

The British Council already ran a 24-hour Introduction to Computer Science course in November and December among the grade 8 students of Udayan High School in Dhaka.