How do you solve a problem? You study it, plan a solution accordingly and communicate it with the relevant parties. Using the right tools, you put your plan into action and hope it works out. Sometimes it goes off without a hitch, other times it falls flat on its face and you have to go back to the drawing board. Coding is essentially problem solving applied on a computer. Code to Inspire is a new program that enables its students to strengthen their problem-solving abilities by learning how to code.
Given time and experience, a programmer can come up with a solution for most issues in life ranging from restaurant food delivery apps in rural areas, to landing Apollo 11 on the moon.
Third world countries are in need of these talented people more than most. Technology cuts deepest in developing country, where something as simple as a mobile phone can have the largest effect that reverberates in all echelons of society. Coders in these countries have come up with solutions to things that may sound basic to most of us, but can be life changing for the residents.
One of these countries is Afghanistan. In a country crippled by war for decades now, opportunity doesn’t come around very often, particularly for young women: 68% of them have no education and are illiterate, of those lucky enough to receive any, one in five make it to college. Even with that put aside, women only form 16% of the Afghani workforce. Right about now you’re not picturing a work market ripe with opportunities just waiting to be plucked.
Code to Inspire hopes to change that.
Founded by Fereshteh Forough in 2015 as a campaign on indiegogo, the 1-year program gives young Afghani women an opportunity to change their lives. It teaches them the necessary skills to help get them going in the booming world of IT.
Just a month ago, the program conducted a graduation ceremony for its first class. These young women are now able to make an impact on their society and earn some money to support themselves and their families.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime … or in this case, a woman and coding skills!