Monday Motivation – Building Afghanistan 2.0 with Zohra Jafari

Happy International Day of Women & Girls in Science! Women play a critical role in the science & technology advancements around the world. This #MondayMotivation and #WomenInScience day we would like to feature Zohra Jafari, our brilliant Full Stack Developer.
Zohra says:
“Successful individuals experience many failures on the path to their goals, yet they still continue to move on because they believe they will eventually find the right path or create one. sometimes, the role of a supporter is not less than making efforts and resistance which in this case, CTI has played a tremendous role in showing me the right path to my goals.I would like to express my special gratitude to Miss. Forough and all CTI mentors for helping me. Thank you so much everyone. “


روز جهانی زنان در بخش ساینس مبارک باد. زنان نقش بسزایی در تمام عرصه های پیشرفت ساینس و تکنولوژی در جهان داشته و دارند
:زهره جعفری یکی از بانوان پر تلاش و خلاق ما در قسمت برنامه نویسی میگوید

هر انسان موفقی در مسیر رسیدن به اهداف اش کلی شکست را تجربه کرده و باز هم با مقاومت پیش میرود چون بنظر او راهی را که میخواهد یا پیدا میکند یا .میسازد

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Thank you to our friends at Coinone who donated to us by using the blockchain


We recently had a great opportunity to work with Coinone, a leading cryptocurrency exchange out of  Korea, on their donation project ‘Coinone Give’.

They were kind enough to run a promo to their users where donations could be made by using the blockchain. We received support from many Korean donors and we would like to thank you all for your contributions which will help many Afghan girls receive a free education and learn how to become programmers. We had an opportunity to meet with Kevin from Coinone and talk a bit more about their program and some of the work they’re doing.


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In Conversation With: Rachel Auslander, Founder of CoderGals

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Today we’re very excited to share a recent conversation with had with Rachel Auslander, the prodigious founder of CoderGals. As a high school junior, Rachel started a program not unlike ours, but here in the United States. She provides free coding courses to elementary school girls to get them excited about STEM from an early age. The program is now available in Read on to learn more about all that CoderGals has done for America’s next generation of female coders, and how the organization was able to expand rapidly!

Your program has had such widespread adoption across the country. How were you able to achieve that?

CoderGals was able to scale across the country through the power of high school girls and social media. Our program is free to implement: we use free online resources, computers available in schools, libraries, and community centers, and mentors receive community service hours.  

How have you been able to accomplish so much at such a young age?

Lots of persistence! Coding and starting an organization both require lots of trial and error and a willingness to keep learning when you don’t know how to do something. I’ve learned over time to believe in myself and my ideas — and other people have believed in me too.

What motivated you to start your program?

When I first learned how to code, I did not have any female STEM role models to look up to or a community of other girls to code with. I lost in interest in coding, but regained interest a few years later when I realized the impact that I could make with code. However, I still didn’t have a community of girls to code with or female STEM role models to look up to, and didn’t want other girls to have the same problems when they learned how to code for the first time. I founded CoderGals to show elementary school girls how coding connects to their interests and provide them with relatable female STEM role models – high school girls! IMG_8547

Which coding language is your favorite and why?

I like Swift because I enjoy making iOS apps to solve problems. In CoderGals workshops, my favorite language to teach is MIT Scratch because it is easy to learn and even beginners can create interesting projects with it!

Why do you think it’s so important, especially for young women, to learn to code?

It’s important for young women to learn how to code because we can make innovations to create change – we have big ideas and unique perspectives that we need to put into action. Coding is a super impactful tool that can help solve global problems. The world needs our ideas, now more than ever, to make a difference!

What advice do you have for our students as they begin to learn to code and start their own businesses?


Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something because you are a girl or because you’re too young. Go for it! Seek advice from people who are more experienced than you, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and keep on learning

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California Dreaming with the AMENA Center


We are thrilled today to announce our strategic partnership with the AMENA (Asia, Middle East, and North Africa) Center for Entrepreneurship and Development Center at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Through this partnership, we’ll be able to provide so many new resources to our students from job opportunities to mentoring.

This partnership was a natural fit for us as the AMENA Center’s mission is to narrow the economic development, gender, entrepreneurship, and innovation gaps in the AMENA region through programs and initiatives that advance human capital development, build a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, reverse the effects of the brain-drain, and produce academically rigorous policy oriented research.

Together, we’re sure we’ll be able to make a difference in how the Middle East educates the next generation of women! Some of the exciting programs at AMENA include their new MENA Group, MAP, and PARS. Stay tuned as we continue to work together and change some lives.

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Moving On Up in Herat


This week, we were excited to begin construction on our second floor at Code to Inspire.


We can’t believe how far we’ve come, and can’t wait to accommodate more students, more classes, and more ideas.

Speaking of which, our next class of students took their entrance exams today:


We’re so pleased to be able to expand each and every year, and provide a free coding education to even more girls and young women in Afghanistan. The more women we empower, the better Afghanistan will become.

In fact, the Blossom Hill Foundation, which aims to “invest in peace through innovation” agrees with us, and they’ve selected Fereshteh as a 2017 fellow! If you’d like to support as well you can do so here.

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