Sweden has a reputation for being a leading nation in the tech industry, but rather than resting on its laurels, the plan is for kids to be exposed to the nuts and bolts of technology at an earlier age, according to education minister Gustav Fridolin.
“This means Sweden is taking the kind of approach we should have. Sweden should be a country where every kid in school is prepared for working life, and knowledge of programming needs to start early,” he told The Local.
The changes to the curriculum will apply from July 2018 at the latest. Fridolin added that the skills will not only be useful for those children who go on to have careers in programming, but also elsewhere, as more jobs require competence with computers in the future.
“We know that businesses are searching high and low for programmers and more are needed in Sweden. It’s also the case that more jobs will require competence in programming, so it’s not just about having more programmers, but also that more feel well prepared for other jobs where programming will be important.