In 2015, Faiths Forum for London launched its Twitter Interfaith Coding for Girls from single faith secondary schools in London. In 2016, the project brought together over 120 pupils from these four schools to learn basic coding languages with a curriculum created and delivered by Twitter coding engineers. Currently, the programme runs four intensive full-day workshop for 30 pupils per course (ages 11-13) in interactive paired learning at Twitter’s London Headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
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