Eben here. They don’t generally let me write Raspberry Pi Weekly myself (with good reason!), but for the last issue of this very unusual year, I thought we might do something a little different.
When you think about Raspberry Pi, you probably think about our tiny, affordable, and powerful computers. But you might not know that we are first and foremost a nonprofit organisation with an educational mission.
I was nine years old when I wrote my first line of code on an Acorn Electron. Years later, at the University of Cambridge, my colleagues and I saw that computer science applicants were coming to us with less and less programming experience. Young people were using computers as passive consumers, not as creators. This inspired us to build the first Raspberry Pi. To this day, our guiding principle remains: to give people the tools they need to make things, solve problems, and shape their future using technology.
Many of us in the Raspberry Pi community have benefitted from opportunities to learn how to program and tinker with computers, but not nearly enough young people are as lucky as we have been. Please join me in sharing what you love. Let’s come together to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of young people everywhere.
Donors to the Raspberry Pi Foundation make it possible for millions of learners in dozens of countries to access our free software, coding clubs, learning resources, and teacher training. If you’ve already donated: thank you. And thank you, too, to those of you who buy our products and volunteer your time and experience to advance our shared mission.
Your support helps bring more learners into our awesome community. Please join the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a donor, and give what you can today. Let’s give young people the skills they need to build a better future for us all.