Vodafone today announced plans to make available coding training to teenage girls across 26 countries, including India.
“In India, 40 teenage girls will get places on the free coding training programme shortly this year,” a Vodafone release said.
The in-person global coding programme will see Vodafone partnering with ‘Code First: Girls’ (which runs coding programmes for women and girls). It will provide five-day, coding workshops for teenage girls across India, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Australasia.
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The release noted that the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), earlier this year, had spoken concerns about dropping female participation in a field that is otherwise expanding worldwide.
“Men still lead the number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates in most countries,” it said.
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The coding programme has been created to be apt for girls of ages from 14 to 18, irrespective of their skills.
It will provide basic information of computer programming languages and web development, enabling the students to develop a website by the end of the one-week training programme.
Vodafone will be partnering with coding schools across its markets, while girls whose schools are not involved can register their interest here. The course will run across Vodafone’s markets from July to October this year.
Coding is becoming the most in-demand skills across industries as an increasing number of businesses now rely on computer programming. Half of all programming openings are in industries outside of technology, such as finance, healthcare and manufacturing, while recent research has proved that coding has become a core skill that bolster a candidate’s chances of commanding a higher salary.
Empowering women and helping young people to boost their skill set through technology are two important areas of focus for Vodafone as part of the company’s 10-year sustainable business goals. By 2025, Vodafone’s aspiration is to be the best employer for women. The company is also looking for to connect 50 million women living in emerging trends to help improve their lives and livelihoods.