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Funds will be used to integrate technology into curriculum in Davos public schools
Salesforce employees have volunteered more than 500 hours in the local Davos community over the past three years
This grant is part of Salesforce’s ongoing commitment to prepare students for jobs of the future through computer science education
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – January 24, 2018 – Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), today announced it will donate $125,000 to Davos Volksschule, the Davos local public school system, to accelerate digital skills development for students. Salesforce’s coding program, Davos Codes, will host 50 middle school students for a day of coding and learning during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018.
Swiss public school curriculum requests that all schools implement the Lehrplan21 program by 2021, integrating technology into every subject in schools across the country. The Davos school system will use the donation from Salesforce.org to purchase new devices to equip educators and prepare students with technology skills.
Salesforce.org and the community of Davos formed a partnership at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2015 to accelerate coding skills development for local students. As part of the partnership, Salesforce created Davos Codes, a year-round program that teaches local students the power that technology can bring when used for social good. Through the program, Salesforce employees have volunteered more than 500 hours in the local Davos community over the past three years.
Salesforce.org Donates $125,000 to Davos Volksschule to Accelerate Digital Skills Development, Hosts Annual Coding Event in Davos
Teaching Technology Through Davos CodesSalesforce.org gives back to the Davos community by providing technology education, resources and support to the Davos Middle School to ensure every child has the opportunity to access technology learning fit for the 21st century. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Salesforce.org will showcase its partnership with the Davos community during Davos Codes on Wednesday, January 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CET in the Salesforce Annex. Students will learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), get hands-on coding experience and learn how to apply the SDGs through experiments on the local environment.
Comments on the news:“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is at the heart of Salesforce.org’s mission,” said Rob Acker, CEO Salesforce.org. “Through our commitment to the World Economic Forum, Davos has become one of our communities and we are proud to invest in its students with this donation and the Davos Codes initiative.”
Expanding Salesforce's Commitment to Advance Computer Science Education in Public SchoolsSalesforce has a long history of supporting computer science initiatives through Salesforce.org. To date, Salesforce and Salesforce.org have granted $65 million to expand opportunities for students—with a focus on computer science curriculum. Salesforce employees have spent more than 175,000 volunteer hours in classrooms since 1999. This commitment also includes deep and strategic partnerships with international organizations including Apps for Good, The Trinity Foundation and VHTO.
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