Learn More About Hasina’s Coding Journey at Code to Inspire

Today we would like to introduce you to one of talented students at CTI as a thank you for all we have raised funds over these past few weeks. She is one of the many young women who benefit from your continued support.

In addition we would like to thank fast company and TakePart video for coming to our school and sharing our story. At the end of the interview we have put links to both these stories.

  • About myself and my family:

Name: Hasina

Hometown:Herat, Afghanistan

Age:20

  • About my family:

My father is an architect. My mother teaches in a high school in Herat city. I have one brother and two sisters. My brother works in the international scholarship market through the internet. My sister is licentiate of the biology department.

  • What do you hope to accomplish by attending CTI?

I attend the CTI center, because it is the best opportunity for improving my coding skills and carry out my ideas.

  • What do you want to accomplish with coding?

In my opinion coding is the best starting point for improving new technology in Afghanistan. I want prove to world that Afghan girls are not afraid of impediments and we can be some of the best creators and most powerful programmers. I think we can solve the problems and deficiency of our society by using technology and coding.

  • Why did you join CTI?

Before I started coding I had many ambitions that I thought would be impossible to turn into reality. But when I entered the world of virtualization and coding, it helped me to understand I could achieve a great deal with the vast world of technology. My dreams are starting to become reality. I found the areas of study  very limited at university especially if you want to really implement ideas.The majority of classes are too based theory. Through Code to Inspire, I have the chance to work in a place that values my thoughts and learning skills. I can use my coding skills to create something concrete.

  • What Coding skills have you learned so far?

I have learned how develop 2D game and different applications for different computers and mobile platform by unity game engine. Also l have also learned C# programming.

  • What do your family and friends think about CTI?

My parents and friends are very proud of me. They believe that through the skills I have learned at CTI I will be able to reach my goals. They are also proud that I continue to help my friends and stay positive. My parents say that when I am around  I lift everyone’s spirits.

Here is the link to the fabulous story about Code to Inspire by Adele Peters at Fast Company.

Watch this video to see how Code to Inspire is impacting its students and Afghanistan.

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Thank you for #givingtuesday

#GivingTuesday was a great success. All the donations, no matter how small, help our organization and help Code to Inspire’s students gain independence and education. Please continue to donate and share our message on social media. Every share and every penny counts!

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We also had our first Annual Graduation Ceremony in New York on the 18th of November. So many people came to voice their support. Through the ticket sales alone we are able to pay for another year of education for providing Internet connection and keep our the coding school safe and warm during the winter time. For those of you who were not able to attend or would like to relive the fun, here are some photos. We hope to see you there next year!

We would like to thank the Afghan Ambassador, Hamdullah Mohib for coming to our event. 

Thanks to everyone who donated items to the silent auction.  Thank you again for your continued support!

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Support Code to Inspire This #GivingTuesday

Today is a day when you can make a big impact on the lives of our students in Afghanistan who are overcoming social, cultural, and security barriers to be empowered through technology, become financially independent and raise their voices.

We aim to enable our and empower our female students to learn how to code and be difference makers in their community. Our female students represent the bright future of Afghanistan.

With your help,we’ll raise funds to educate, inspire, and empower young women of Afghanistan to pursue their dreams in the technology field and to be a role models for the next generation.

How you can be part of it? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Consider making a donation to Code to Inspire. Donate here.
  • Join us for volunteer activities
  • Help us get the word out on social media by using our fundraiser flyer
  • Using @CodeToInspire Twitter handler and the hashtag #AfghanGirlsCode #GivingTuesday
  • Take photos demonstrating why you love our organization and post on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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#WOMENCRUSHWEDNESDAY & An Interview with One of Our Female Mentors

#WOMENCRUSHWEDNESDAY & An Interview with One of Our Female Mentors

Today we are one week and two days out from our first annual graduation ceremony and fundraiser! Good news! There is still time to sign up and invite friends and family to this meaningful event.

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We also had the privilege of interviewing one of our female mentors, Nahid Ahmadi to learn more about her experience, goals and why she is investing in the lives and future of our students at Code to Inspire.

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What female leaders / tech leaders do you look up to? 

As today there are many successful women in the world. Everyone has their own features and ideas and achievements. I respect to all of them, but I am also trying to improve my own way.

What inspires you in life?

As I have knowledge of coding, I am able to teach other girls and help them improve their skills to change their life for the better. This inspires me in my life. 

When you were a little girl, what did you dream to accomplish and be one day? 

When I was a little girl in that time for females, we were not allowed to study, but my parents enrolled me in a home school and worked hard so I could continue my education. In that time I had a dream to improve my education and through this way become an educated and successful female so I could help my family and other women who need help.

How did you first get involved in Code to Inspire? 

After completing my graduation from university, one of my university teachers suggested I work at Code To Inspire as a mentor. This was a great opportunity for me to improve my skills and to learn and inspire other females in terms of coding to implement their ideas and change their lives.

What are your future goals and where would you like to see CTI in the next 1-5 years? 

In Afghanistan there is still a lack of security and women women are not able to study and improve their knowledge and work to be able to earn an income as much as they should be able to. CTI is a good environment and safe for Afghan women and all of us to work relentlessly to improve our skills in the part of web development, game development and mobile app development with the goal to become successful tech leaders in near future, to start working, to earn an income, and to help others and our families as well as creating gender equality.

What is some insight you can provide about how innovative and new the CTI concept is for Afghanistan? 

As we know coding is a real career choice which can improve our country in the part of technology, and Code To Inspire is the first coding school in Afghanistan for Afghan girls to take part in solving the country’s challenges and to participate in the local and global economy.

What excites you the most about technology and computer coding? 

It excites me when I solve problems through coding or creating an app that provides options for people to resolve their needs using it from each point of the world. This provides a feeling of intellectual satisfaction for me.

ICYMI: Code to Inspire was featured in the Guardian! Check out this article.

Thank you again for your support so we can enable women like Nahid achieve their dreams and empower other women!

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#ThrowbackThursday: Our First Day at School

November marks our first graduating class and our one-year anniversary.

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We could not be prouder of our students and all they have accomplished and learned in the past year.

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That’s why we’re celebrating them at our graduation ceremony at Rise New York on Friday, November 18.

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Join us for an evening with the Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib, and hear his remarks! Additionally, we’ll have an auction with exciting prizes like a hand-signed original LeRoy Neiman.  We will also hear from our Founder, Fereshteh, as well.

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