Apple is reportedly planning to encourage public schools in Chicago to start teaching coding to students through a new program that will be rolled out citywide.
The iPhone maker made the announcement on Tuesday, revealing its plans to introduce its coding program to public schools to encourage students to learn programming. Apple wants to facilitate the teaching of coding in city colleges and schools located in Chicago. The company particularly will particularly focus on coursework involving its own programming language known as Swift. The teaching program is expected to kick off in 2018.
Apple introduced the Swift coding language in 2014 and has been describing it as the ideal way for external developers to create apps for products such as iPads and iPhones. The company’s new coding program is known as “Everyone Can Code.” The iPhone maker reportedly consulted with Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago as well as with officials from colleges and schools in Chicago.
“We’re thrilled to be working with our friends and partners in the great city of Chicago on this initiative,”stated Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cook also added that the company has been working hand in hand with Mayor Emmanuel to make sure that students in Chicago schools are provided with the help they need to learn the Swift programming language. He added that the skills they will learn will allow them to become more appealing to the current job market.
The program aims to teach the fundamentals of coding to students and as such, numerous public schools in Chicago are gearing up by forming Swift Coding clubs. These clubs will mainly hold their activities after the regular school schedule. The colleges will focus on classes that are more sophisticated with the aim of teaching students how to develop apps. Emmanuel described coding as not only a vital skill in the current day and age but also as a skill that will allow them to explore their creativity and also to expand their horizons. He also described the program as a vital opportunity that will impart the students with highly competitive skills necessary in the 21st century.