Faiths Forum for London have partnered with social media giant Twitter to provide invaluable coding workshops for girls from faith schools, aged between 11 to 13 years old.
The partnership between business and faith sectors is a refreshing model of true collaboration. While the students learn about the tech, they are also learning about each other’s shared values. It is really wonderful to see the students asking important questions about each other’s communities and gaining an understanding of different faiths. Those who take part find there are more similarities between them than differences.
The workshops, which are now in their fourth year, are designed to inspire young girls to pursue a future career in tech. The course has been created by female Twitter coding engineers to deliver coding classes, and has so far trained more than 250 students. This project is unique as it is led by female engineers to empower young girls and takes place at Twitter HQ in London.
The project has been endorsed by civil servants and ministers such as Baroness Williams, who has said: “[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.”
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.
Interfaith Girls Coding is looking to expand its programme.
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