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5m YOUTHS TO BE TARGETED

Dubai's MBRGI launches ‘Global Coder’ initiative

DUBAI, January 23, 2020

Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) announced today (Jan 23) the launch of the “Global Coder” initiative  to teach coding to 5 million youth from disenfranchised communities around the world. 
 
The initiative, launched under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be jointly run by MBRGI and Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).
 
Upon completion of the programme, youth participant will receive certifications to evidence show their new, future-economy qualification. 
 
The major coding initiative represents a global human-centric endeavour by the UAE to spread hope and provide a bright future for the less fortunate communities in the world by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become experts in the language of the future: coding. Having professional experience and expertise in coding, it is believed, will help disenfranchised you rise above the daily challenges and open-up opportunities for them to thrive, innovate and better their communities.
 
The news was announced as part of the UAE delegation’s participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 in Davos, at the “Reimagining the World’s Biggest Challenges” Panel, organised by Global Citizen. 
 
Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Secretary General of MBRGI, said: “Building on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE is pushing a transition towards greater utilisation of technology in humanitarian efforts to empower communities. This vision is the same that UAE was founded upon, and one that provides a reference point for all its future initiatives and projects.”
 
He added: “The ‘Global Coder’ initiative is a signal of support and hope from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the world’s youth. He believes that empowering the youth with knowledge lays the foundation for a stable international community. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s lead on this, the biggest global coding project, will reach 50 countries around the world."
 
He concluded: “Teaching five million young people how to code is the biggest worldwide project in its field, which MBRGI and DFF will collaborate to implement.” 
 
Khalfan Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer of DFF, said: “The ‘Global Coder’ initiative will provide a fully-integrated, educational platform to teach computer science and coding in partnership with the biggest global organisations, under the supervision of internationally-certified experts to ensure the training programme is the best, most comprehensive of its kind 
 
“The platform will be free to use for millions of young individuals from around the world and will aim to build a future global community equipped with the tools and skills of coding, and one that is qualified to positively impact the creation of technologically-driven jobs. That, in turn, will contribute towards the development of a sustainable knowledge-based economy and the enhancement of the technology sector in various communities.” 
 
He added: “This initiative, to be implemented by MBRGI and DFF reflects the UAE’s emphasis on sharing its expertise with the world in the hope of providing a bright, promising future for youth in disenfranchised communities by equipping them with future-ready skills and capabilities, to provide them with job opportunities that can better their communities.” - TradeArabia News Service
 



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