The girls can code (GCC) is a commanded by public affairs section of the U.S Embassy with full support of the Ambassador. GCC is funded through the secretary’s office of global partnership (S/GP), is designed to empower and inspire girls not only to join science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) Fields at university, but to increase their performance and pursue careers in STEM and become future leaders in technology. They have also granted additional funding from the secretary’s office of Global Women’s initiative (S/GWI) to expand the existing GCC program in Addis Ababa and other four regional cities for an additional year involving more talented high school girls from underprivileged families. To broaden the impact, Mekelle, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa and Jimma.
Since October 2015, GCC has offered 40 selected public school female students in Addis Ababa. The opportunity to participate in a 9 month long training, the curriculum includes, Introduction to computer Technology, Applications software (focus on Microsoft office), Introduction to Internet and Internet searching skills, Website Development and HTML editor, computer coding and the concept of game and applications development. Students were also required to develop a graduation project in group. Additionally, the GCC program also delivers Leadership and life skills training, which includes time management and study skills, gender equality awareness, public speaking with confidence, essay writing, volunteerism, gender based violence prevention, book discussion (focused on women’s empowerment) and balancing social and school life to mention a few.
The program included four main projects through developing website for the following purposes:
- For connecting tourists with local tour guides,
- Website for 12th graders to prepare for the national exam that includes questions with answers and explanations
- Website that asks a questions and based on the answer the user gives, it provides a suggestion on what they could study in college.
- Gives you information about courses given by universities in Ethiopia.
The public affairs of the US Embassy congratulated this year’s graduating students of the Girls Can Code project June 17, 2016.
The Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, who was accompanied by Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues has attended the graduation ceremony.
“Through partnerships like these with Ethiopia and other African governments, we hope to improve the lives of women and girls through educational opportunities. And we are going to keep pushing until all children, girls and boys, have the same pathways to success and the same chance to go as far as their dreams will take them,” Biden said.