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The Gates Foundation Donated $12 Million to Code.org in Light of Computer Science Education Week

Today marks the start of this year’s Computer Science Education Week! The nonprofit Code.org has just received $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, first reported by the Seattle Times. Since 2013, Bill Gates has been associated with Code.org, when he led tutorials to the Honor of Code and conducted conference calls with students.

The nonprofit aids teachers on how to implement computer science lessons to their students ranging from kindergarten through the 12th grade. With the start of this week, over 122,000 Hour of Code global events have already been registered.

Along with the Gates Foundation, other donors such as PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), as well as tech companies including Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have contributed. Check out a list of school districts and governors in the U.S. that have also vouched for the cause here.

[via The Verge]

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