FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2016
Code to Inspire Recognized by Google RISE Awards
First Coding School for Women in Afghanistan Receives $25k Google RISE Award
New York City & Herat, Afghanistan. April, 22 2016: Code to Inspire, a not-for-profit organization focused on teaching local Afghan girls in Herat how to code, announced today that they have received a 2016 Google RISE Award for its efforts to increase access to computer science (CS) education for youth.
CEO of Organization, Fereshteh Forough, said, “with Google’s support we will be able to continue our efforts teaching these young women how to code and with those skills they can empower themselves and their communities”. “This collective effort to inspire our next generation of technology innovators and creators will reach tens of thousands of students this year,” said Nicky Rigg, Google’s RISE Awards program manager. “We are excited to include Code to Inspire in our recent cohort of 28 organizations across 16 countries. Our RISE Awardees make up a community of passionate and vibrant educators and advocates; they are changemakers that engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.”
Code to Inspire currently has 53 students receiving daily lessons as part of a curriculum that teaches introductory concepts such as HTML, CSS to more advanced training like Mobile Application Development. Currently, 85% of women in Afghanistan have no formal education and are illiterate yet 80% have regular or casual access to a mobile device. Code to Inspire aims to empower young women by teaching skills that will help them find employment and build mobile applications that address local needs and challenges. With the support of partners like Google, the foundation will continue its work.
Code to Inspire is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City with operations in Herat, Afghanistan. Founded in January of 2015 by Fereshteh Forough and John Lilic, Code to Inspire currently has one school open in Herat, Afghanistan providing daily lessons to 53 girls high school or university girls.
The Google RISE Awards is an annual grant program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science for K12/pre-university age youth. The program emphasizes participation from girls, youth in low income communities, and minorities who have historically been underrepresented in the field of computer science. Since 2010, the Google RISE Awards have contributed over $5 million dollars to 239 organizations across 28+ countries reaching over 850,000.