Bridging
the digital divide

Project Update – Womanity

In April 2016, the Womanity Foundation piloted the Girls Can Code project in Afghanistan. They implemented a coding program in two of the largest public high schools for girls in Kabul benefiting 40 students. Close the Gap has provided 60 high quality refurbished computers for the implementation of the Girls Can Code programme. The yearlong course included 400 hours of instruction, which began with basic computer literacy topics and followed with an extension of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and SQL. The results of the students’ mid-term tests showed impressive results in both schools, which proved that the programme generated high motivated students!

After a very successful year of the pilot program, Womanity will expand the program to four schools and complement its offer with tailored training in English and an introduction to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) between 2017 and 2019.

The program also cooperated with the Dialexa Company from the United States, who promoted the program and supported a crowdfunding campaign in the US on generosity.com. Their female employees mentored and empowered the girls in Afghanistan by recording videos with their advice for the Afghan girls who want to undertake a career in ICT.

Watch the video series!

Next to improving the girls’ future economic opportunities and teaching them how to code, the program also gives them confidence, improves their problem-solving skills and exposes the girls to a world that is full of solutions, not just challenges.