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Hundreds of thousands of Israeli students to partake in global coding event

For the fourth time this Sunday, Israel will partake in "Hour of Code" – a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli students will participate in the week-long event, beginning December 12, in which they will learn and share methods for writing code.

Last year, more than 200,000 Israeli children took part in the event, which is the brainchild of – a nonprofit "dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups," according to its website.

Ever since its launch in the US in 2013, over 100 million children from 180 countries have participated Hour of Code events. Israeli high-tech company Wix is spearheading the Hour of Code initiative in Israel, and again unveiled a new design for the event's Israeli website. "Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core Kindergarten-12 education," according to

Wix President Nir Zohar said: "Code and technology are everywhere these days – from vaccine and medicine development to space exploration, to creating cinematic masterpieces. The ability to write code and create via the relevant technology in every professional field helps solve problems, expedite processes, and influence the lives of millions of people.

"Every child, from everywhere in Israel, regardless of their background, needs the possibility to learn computer sciences in school, alongside the assortment of other core subjects being taught today. Israel is a consistent leader in terms of global innovation and every child in Israel should receive an equal opportunity to be part of high-tech nation in the future," he said.