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One nonprofit's surprising journey to teach girls how to code in Afghanistan

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Steven Restivo
Jul 24, 2016 13:19
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Inside a hot-pink classroom glowing with sunlight, 20 teen girls sit at refurbished desktop computers, tapping at their keyboards with laser focus.

These girls are part of Girls Can Code, an intensive intro-to-coding program in Kabul developed by education-based nonprofit The Womanity Foundation.

The global organization started the initiative to help galvanize and empower girls to pursue career opportunities in computer science.

And that, the organization argues, makes a big difference in providing girls with stable opportunities.

"Nobody in any public school in Afghanistan is teaching any kid to code — not boys, not girls," Elizabeth Rector, program leader for Girls Can Code, tells Mashable.

"With this program, we're trying to determine whether teaching coding skills at a young age can fundamentally change the trajectory of a young girl's life," she says.

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