The purpose of these programmes is to train and inspire young women for future employment in the high-tech field, and to bring people from across diverse faith backgrounds together in order to increase diversity and gender balance in the IT field.
Interfaith Computer Coding for Girls began in 2015 at the behest of head teachers of four single-faith girls’ secondary schools in London. In 2016, the project brought together over 120 pupils from these four schools to learn basic coding languages (HTML, Python, Java, & CSS) with a curriculum created and delivered by Twitter coding engineers. Currently, the programme runs four intensive full-day workshop for 30 pupils per course (ages 11-13) in interactive paired learning at Twitter’s London Headquarters.
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Interfaith Coding partners with companies in the tech industry to run interfaith coding courses for young women from single faith schools.
Governmental ministers , MPs and faith leaders regularly attend the interfaith workshops to promote the project, which is a a model of collaboration between the business and faith sectors. UK governmental minister Baroness Williams wrote about the project: “[The class] allows these girls to break down barriers in their local communities and show that when we share the same values, we all speak the same language — whether that’s English or Java.”
Interfaith Coding is looking to expand its programme!
- Can you be a mentor to one of our students? Click here for further information about the mentorship role.
- Can you host a one-day or eight session workshop at your IT business or social enterprise?
- Are you a professional coding instructor and willing to teach these interfaith pupils?
Empowering young women from minority faith communities to pursue careers in the tech marketplace will have a long-term impact on gender equality in the high tech sector, social cohesion, and mainstreaming of sincere shared values across diverse communities and peoples of faith.
Contact us: Rabbi Natan Levy on firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found on the Interfaith Coding website.
Students participating at the Interfaith Coding on 7th March 2017: