2023 program expanded girls’ participation
Kuwait – 26 September 2023 – CODED Academy, the first coding academy in the Middle East – based in Kuwait, has concluded its Kuwait Codes training program, providing free programming training for over 1,100 high schools students in partnership with Agility and other local companies.
The Kuwait Codes initiative provides basic digital skills that the country’s future workforce needs in order to build a successful knowledge and innovation-led economy. The 2023 program focused on four distinct knowledge areas: website programming, game development, Python Programming, and app-building toolkit Flutter.
The training ran through three main cohorts that welcomed 1147 students, 565 boys and 482 girls. An additional 102 girls participated in a special program, ‘Ra’idat al Taqnia,’ developed by CODED to increase female participation. ‘Ra’idat al Taqnia’ program participants undertook intensive training UI/UX and design of an interface for a website or mobile application; a startup workshop to teach about entrepreneurship; and Women in Tech.
During the graduation ceremony, Agility presented the Best Woman Project Award to Jenan Faisal, who developed an application using Python that helps people finding destinations during their travels which is also integrated with speech recognition for easier customer usability.
Henadi Al Saleh, Agility Chairperson, said: “Congratulations to all the participants in this year’s Kuwait Codes program. Digital skills are essential for the jobs of the future, and we’re proud to have supported 1147 young people in strengthening their digital capabilities – with nearly 50% female participation. Agility is committed to creating opportunities for our young people to thrive – and our CODED partnership has helped train nearly 1,500 young people in total since 2022.”