The Vatican recently teamed up with a Polish tech entrepreneur, Miron Mironiuk, for a unique initiative called “Code with Pope.”
The strange pairing is the brainchild of Mironiuk who founded Cosmose AI to help online stores utilize AI optimization to compete against the likes of Amazon.com.
Code with Pope is a way that Mironiuk can give back to the world and he believes the initiative will help to address global inequality.
The website Code with Pope seeks to teach children to code for free as a way of giving them the necessary skills that they will need in a modern world.
In 2023, the World Economic Forum stated that a majority of higher-paying jobs in the world will be tech jobs, with an anticipated shortage of 85 million trained workers by 2030.
The 33-year-old Mironiuk believes the initiative and the pairing with Pope Francis will help to promote coding in smaller nations that don’t have the benefits of big tech investments.
Many of the countries with lower to middle-income workers are also predominantly Catholic where the Pope has enormous influence.
The Pope has been a consistent advocate of education as a way to address economic issues throughout the world.
In an address to Italian schoolteachers back in 2014, Pope Francis said, “True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.”
The free self-paced classes will teach young people the basics of Python in a course designed by Codeforia.
Starting with basic concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements, students will then progress to more complex concepts with the support of online tutors.