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Celebrating ten years of grants for CS educators

Over the past 10 years, Google’s programme for the professional development (PD) of Computer Science (CS) educators (formerly known as CS4HS) has funded close to $13 million in grants supporting teacher PD in CS education globally. In Africa, 61 universities and nonprofits dedicated to growing the confidence and skillset of new and future CS educators have received grants that have impacted 5,000 educators from more than 15 countries. 

Hands-on computer science learning at a Code4Girls workshop by the Hapa Foundation

We’re excited to announce our funding cycle is open to school districts, universities, and other education nonprofits around the world for the 2018-2019 school year. Historically, Google’s CS educator PD grants have aimed to help secondary school teachers gain confidence to integrate CS and computational thinking (CT) into their classrooms. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of CS PD funding, we’re excited to announce that the programme will expand to include applications from PD providers for primary school and pre-service teacher education in Africa for the 2018 grant year.

Meet a past awardee
Through the years, we continue to be impressed by the stories, impact and innovative ways our awardees have used Google’s funding to support and enable educators to teach CS in their classrooms. Meet Albert Opoku, of the Hapa Foundation - a nonprofit organisation in Ghana dedicated to improving lives through social investment projects in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and technology. As a 2017 grantee, Opoku and his team developed the Code4Girls project focussed on professional development for teachers and a training programme for student champions. Together, they then co-delivered in-school workshops in 12 senior high schools across Ghana. “This grant will help us to reach more than 1,200 students in Ghana this year. It’s wonderful to see the teachers and student champions grow in confidence as they work and learn together”.

Grants are open from today until 2nd March 2018. Learn more about the application process here.