If the ministry of education can mandate literacy, math, science and history in schools, coding needs to be on that list as well. I find it amazing that by and large the majority of people I meet understand coding as something to do with writing apps or creating video games. Why learn to code if there is vlogging, blogging, and YouTube?
If I told you coding is a serious matter in human evolution dealing with everything from health care practice to protecting national security would you believe me? Google words like “Exploit”, “Crimeware”, “Payload”, or “Ransomware”. That should be enough to convince you.