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GitHub Education, a free program for schools

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Coders’ resource and collaboration site GitHub is offering schools its tools for free in a new GitHub Education bundle.

GitHub Education includes access to GitHub, an ever-growing suite of developer tools in the Student Developer Pack, workflows for teachers in GitHub Classroom, and training through Campus Experts and Campus Advisors.

All of these tools and programs have now been put together – along with free access to Business Plan and GitHub Enterprise.

School friendly features like SAML single sign-on and access provisioning will be offered with GitHub Education.

GitHub’s growth in the education area has been rapid.

In 2014, GitHub launched the Student Developer Pack, a set of the best tools to help students prepare for careers in the industry. By 2015, teachers asked for help managing their courses with GitHub, so the business developed GitHub Classroom. Teachers have used it in over 10,000 courses, with their students creating more than two million repositories.

Since 2016, students have leveled up their leadership skills through Campus Experts. Now hundreds of Campus Experts around the world are working to build strong technical communities.

Earlier this year, GitHub opened up teacher training with its new Campus Advisors program, so that instructors can use Git and GitHub in their courses with confidence.

To date, the site has helped more than one million students around the globe learn to code.

Kwame Yamgnane, co-founder of coding school 42 Silicon Valley, says, “Our mission is to prepare tomorrow’s workforce, entrepreneurs, and thinkers with skills and a digital toolset for the 21st-century. We want to make education and pathways to the workforce accessible, and GitHub Education is helping us do that globally.”

In Spain, Ubiqum Code Academy is working to reduce high unemployment rates as well as a skills shortage for IT jobs. "We're reversing this trend," says Nathan Benjamin, Head of Product. "At Ubiqum students learn to think like coders and analysts, collaborate on project teams, and use the modern tools essential to IT. The most important of these is GitHub.”


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