ConnectisSIDN and TU Delft, three large players in the fields of safe log-in software, internet, and scientific research, respectively, will be teaching all primary school children in Rotterdam to program. This provides a response to changes in the labour market, in which the shortage of programmers is growing, while, at the same time, jobs are disappearing due to increasing automisation.

Improved opportunities in the labour market

Children who become familiar with programming software at an early age can easily further develop these skills. It is especially important for girls to get involved early, because they face some prejudice. This project gives children the chance to discover their potential and improve their future chances in the labour market, while at the same time it meets the need for more programmers. Primary education is currently not sufficiently set up to do this and often the means and the expertise are lacking.

Shortage of programmers

“We see a shortage of programmers on the labour market,” says Martijn Kaag of Connectis. “We are always looking for good developers, who – just like us – want to add value to society. By giving programming in schools an impulse, we hope to contribute our part to that.”

Programming is great fun

“Programming is one of the most creative activities there is,” continues Martijn. “Especially for children. It is fascinating and also very suitable for learning through play. If you show children at a young age how much fun programming is, you broaden their horizon and improve their prospects for later. Even if you don’t become a programmer, the structured thinking that programming teaches you is useful in all sorts of jobs.”

The classes are taught by students

Connectis, a large supplier of online identification software, pays the students who will be teaching the classes. SIDN, the company that manages the .nl domain names, provides the laptops used in the lessons. The TU Delft coordinates the project and selects the students. The programming lessons start in May 2017 and are for children in the top groups of primary school (groups 5 to 8).

More information

Extra information for the schools, parents, students, teachers and childeren can be found in our special section.


Journalists can get in touch with the Press Officer of SIDN:
Marnie van Duijnhoven
+31 6 46 10 85 22

Editorial information

Connectis is one of the biggest suppliers of identity management in the Netherlands. They handle millions of login transactions annually. Over 12 million Dutch residents use the infrastructure of Connectis to login at their service providers. From health care insurance companies to financial institutions. From the local municipalities to national ministries.

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has certified Connectis as one of the few official identity brokers for the national eHerkenning platform. Besides that Connectis is of course ISO 27001 certified.

The most important product of Connectis is their Identity Management Platform. This platform is used by private companies and regulated parties to make their services accessible online. With the help of this identity broker it is possible for users to log in using the ID of their choice (like DigiD, eHerkenning, iDIN, Surf, Idensys, eIDAS, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, SSO, etc.)

Connectis is a part of SIDN, the company behind all .nl domain names. This alliance is an opportunity for Connectis to fully pursuit its mission: to provide people and organisations with secure and effortless digital connections.