In conversation with Horeya Kabiri: An Artist and Child at Heart

Horeya Kabiri

Horeya, hard at work at CTI.

Today, we interview one of our graphic design students, Horeya. She is currently studying graphic design at Herat University – read on to learn more about her and how Code to Inspire has affected her life.

1-Tell us about yourself.

I am Horeya Kabiri, and I’m 21 years old. I graduated from high school in 2014, and I now study graphic design at Herat University in the Fine Arts department.

2-How did you find out about Code to Inspire? Tell us about your journey to CTI, how you compare yourself now from to the very first day you joined CTI?

I found out about Code to Inspire on social media, and it changed my life. I’ve always looked for a place that would support my growth as an artist and where I could work to improve my professional growth, and Code to Inspire has been that place for me ever since I was accepted after passing the entrance exam.

3-What have your learned so far in your Graphic Design class? What do you like about it the most?

Graphic Design is an astonishing, and complex form of art. That’s why it was important that we learned all of its rules, starting with the basics. I love all parts of it, but digital graphics and animation are my favorite.

4-Tell us about one of the digital paintings you have done so far and like the most? Is there a message behind it?

I always say that Graphic is my language, and I use it as a tool for communication just as I do with words. I usually use a surreal style when I create my designs. For example, this digital painting represents the mothers of Afghanistan, and how they are in our hearts while also coping with their own problems.

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5-How do you think graphics and design can empower girls and women?

I see a bright future for female graphic artists. No one can stop them if they believe in themselves, and it can help them enter the global economy.

6-What is your message to people around the world as a girl in Afghanistan?

Afghan girls are not just competent, but capable and ambitious. All we need is peace, and we’ll change the future.

7-Tell us the fun fact about yourself?

My friends always call me blithe! One fun fact though is that whenever I meet children, I basically turn into a child myself and get on their nerves.

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Interview with Bibhash Roy – Code to Inspire Volunteer

For today’s blog post, we’re interviewing one of our volunteers, Bibhash Roy, who hails from India. Read on to learn more about his perspective on our work, the impact and importance of a proper education, and how women are perceived in India.

Tell us about yourself and your background.

I’m an engineer turned tech entrepreneur with a background in electrical engineering and information technology. Throughout my career, I’ve held positions at global companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Siemens. Now, though, I’m focused full time on my work as an entrepreneur.  

How did you find out about Code to Inspire and what motivated you to contribute to our mission in Afghanistan?

From Ehsan Ehrari, one of the Code to Inspire’s mentors. He told me about it when he expressed interest in one of my Git courses at Udemy.

What is the status of women accessing a STEM education in your country?

I’m from India, a free country with a rich legacy of democracy. While women technically enjoy equal rights as men, in reality, they don’t always have the same access to the economy or a proper education.

Indian women, however, have come of age and are taking big strides in contributing towards economic prosperity & their education in our country, especially in STEM. Another barrier is that the Internet hasn’t reached as much of the population as it has in developed countries in North America or Europe, but it is, of course, widely used.

Why do you think it is important for women to be technologically literate and know how to code? How does it empower them, especially in underserved communities?

Generally speaking, women comprise approximately 50{1e5b5b8455e4fd0a501a0ba32c7b6cedbd9d99491662a4a0878218331661888d} of the population in most countries.

Therefore,  if women are denied access to education and the economy, then the growth & prosperity of a nation becomes severely lopsided and stymied. Technology empowers society. When we arm women with education, especially in STEM, underserved communities can begin to catch up.

What is your message to people around the world about Code to Inspire’s work and Afghanistan?

Code to Inspire is doing commendable work to empower women of Afghanistan with a STEM education. I urge people and organizations around the world to contribute to this worthy cause.

 

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A Conversation with Code to Inspire Student, Farahnaz

  1. Tell us about yourself: (name, age, education, etc)

I am Farahnaz Osmani. I was born in 1997 in Herat City. I graduated from the high school and graduate school in 2015. I became interested in the art field and entered the Faculty of Fine Arts, and now I’m studying at the Department of Graphic Arts for the second year.

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  1. How did you find out about Code to Inspire? Tell us about your journey to CTI, how do you compare yourself now from the very first day you joined CTI?

Along with the courses in college, I wanted to pursue auxiliary classes. So I was looking for a place that was excellent and reliable in all respects, as I learned through social networking about the CTI school. When I entered the school, I encountered an environment that was excellent in all respects and I wanted to be a member of the CTI family. After successfully passing the entrance examination and interviewing, I really felt good. The purpose of this school and the efforts of the mentors help me make every effort to make the most of each opportunity and learn.

  1. What have you learned so far in your Graphics and Design class? and what do you like about it the most?

Graphic art is very extensive, one part of which is graphic design, and I was able to master it through the studio using the Photoshop program, and showcase my ideas and creations through the program, which is really engaging and it is interesting.

  1. Tell us about one of the digital paintings you have done so far and like the most? Is there a message behind it?

I am of the opinion that any idea that is in the mind of a graphic artist is in fact a clear goal, and it is also influenced by the environment and society in which it lives, and it is very good to express everything we have in mind by graphic arts. Each of my designs also has a clear message that I plan to design and later turn into digital.

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  1. What is your message to people around the world as a girl in Afghanistan?

Afghan girls have extraordinary capabilities that will be far more advanced than men if they are supported by places like the CTI School. And I believe that the creativity and ideas that girls have on graphic arts can make a material difference.

 

 

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Student Spotlight: Shakiba Mirzahi – Graphic Designer

 

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1. Tell us about yourself: (name, age, education, etc)
My name is Shakiba Mirzahi. I’m 20 years old. Now, I’m a junior studying Art at Herat University.

2. How did you find out about Code to Inspire? Tell us about your journey to CTI, how do you compare yourself now from the very first day you joined CTI?
My brother found it, actually, on Facebook. Since joining, my ability in graphic design has improved tremendously.

3. What have you learned so far in your Graphics and Design class? and what do you like about it the most?
I’ve learned a lot and now I can’t stop coming up with concepts about graphics and design. Generally graphics and design is my favorite field and the most favorite part of graphics and design is drawing, portraits, and animation

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4. Tell us about one of the digital paintings you have done so far and like the most? Is there a message behind it?
I made this graphic about the relationship between mothers and daughters that I like the most:

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5. What is your message to people around the world as a girl in Afghanistan?
As an Afghan girl studying art in college, I want Afghan women to know that they should never sacrifice their success due to the everyday challenges we face. If enough of us preserve in our goals, Afghan women will be able to accomplish so much. As you know, Afghan women face many challenges and every day we fight against these challenges until we become successful and I am sure that one day Afghan women will come over.

6. Tell as the fun fact about yourself
I like vegetables and fruit. It’s all I will eat. My family members try to convince me to eat meat, but I have not eaten it yet. Please pray for me that they will accept me as a vegetarian!

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Watch Fereshteh’s Speak at MIT Solve

 

Feresheteh had the exciting opportunity to discuss Code to Inspire (and the future of the world, its problems, and solutions generally!) with the Editor in Chief & Publisher of the MIT Technology Review, Jason Pontin, and Stanford Researcher/Curer of cancers, Jack Andraka.

Speaking to what they want the world to look like by 2050, they discuss encountering adversity and finding its solutions.

 

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