Vodafone Qatar launches coding programme for girls

Monday 17 July 2017 | 13:32 CET | News

Vodafone Qatar has announced plans to provide teenage girls aged fourteen to eighteen in 26 counties with training in coding, in recognition of World Youth Skills Day 2017. Vodafone will partner with Code First: Girls to provide five-day workshops for teenage girls throughout its geographical footprint in Europe, India, the Middle East, South Africa and Australasia. In Qatar, girls will gain places on the free coding programme starting in October.

The UN Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) expressed concerns that female participation is falling in a field that is expanding globally. Men still dominate the number of STEM graduates in most countries. In 2014, around 22 percent of UK graduates in science, mathematics and computing were women. The gap was wider in Germany (19.3%), France (21.5%) and Switzerland (14.7%). 

In 2015, around 19 percent of women students in Qatar were STEM graduates. STEM fields also have fewer women on boards than any other sectors.

The Vodafone training provide basic knowledge of computer languages and development programmes including html, CSS, GitHub and Bootstrap, enabling participants to develop a website by the end of the one-week training programme. 

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