With support from Canada and Germany, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and Mercy Hands work together to improve girls' education in Basra, Iraq. Our initiatives are innovative, creative, and responsive to the local needs and culture.
The latest of our girls continuing education initiatives is the establishment of a coding club for girls in Basra. With support from Mercy Hands Europe, Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid is launching "Shatt Al Arab Coding Club for Girls", which is considered the first coding club for girls in Iraq.
Coding can be a creative tool to have fun while learning new things and exploring new ideas. It can provide skills and abilities like problem solving, logic, imagination, communication skills, collaboration, brainstorming, multitasking and design skills. Most importantly, showing the girls - and their families - what girls are capable of doing and the potential future job opportunities will increase their interest in attending school and continuing education.
The free after-school coding club for girls will provide in person and online training for girls as well as computer programming teachers attending twenty two intermediate and secondary schools for girls in Shatt Al Arab District, Basra Governorate. These schools are the primary beneficiaries of a new project implemented by WFP, UNICEF, and Mercy Hands titled "Girls Transition to Lower Secondary Schools in Shatt Al Arab District, Basra Governorate.
The Directorate of Education in Basra donated a vacant room at Shatt Al Arab Education Division to set up the coding club.
The opening ceremony of the club will take place at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 22, 2021, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of Girls in ICT Day. In compliance with COVID-19 prevention instructions, the number of attendees will be limited and wearing a mask will be mandatory.