Will invest $75 million in computer science education, says Microsoft CEO

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GOETTINGEN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Posed scene: teacher supervising students who are working with laptops during a class at the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Gesamtschule IGS Goettingen on September 19, 2014, in Goettingen, Germany. The Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Gesamtschule is a comprehensive school. Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***

To make computer science as the mainstream in school education throughout the globe, computer giant Microsoft will invest a whopping $75 million to nonprofits over a three-year period, informed CEO Satya Nadella.

The investment is part of the company’s YouthSpark initiative to promote computer science education it originally launched back in 2012, he said during Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco recently.

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Microsoft will divvy out the money over a three-year period to select programs, including the company’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program, in which technology workers partner up with high schools to teach computer science to their students.

“Computational thinking will be in every aspect of our economy,” Nadella said.

The goal of the investment is to make computer science as important of a subject as math or physics in schools, which have long been core subjects.

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