In the UK there is a great innovation in getting kids in school to learn how to code. Year of Code is an independent, non-profit campaign to encourage people across the UK to get coding for the first time in 2014.
Why can't we do this in Ireland? There's nothing stopping us! I know there are some excellent initiatives here such as Coderdojo, but not a national effort to get everybody coding. Learning a computer programming language is an important skill, and is arguably (for some) more important than learning a second or third spoken language. Some day it will be part of our secondary school curriculum, but in these difficult economic times it will be difficult to implement. Perhaps we could start in Transition Year (some schools probably do this already)?
Where there's a will, there's a way. Imagine the entrepreneurs of the future learning coding skills now!