Zain Bahrain (BSE: ZAINBH), a telecommunications industry innovator in the Kingdom, and Clever Play have celebrated the graduation from the third edition of “Girls for Tech” program, in strategic partnership with the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) within the framework of the fruitful partnership between them to empower Bahraini women in the digital field, build their capabilities in information and communication technology, introduce them to the horizons of study and work in this field, and encourage them to seize emerging opportunities and promote gender balance in this field.
Zain Bahrain hosted this celebration at its headquarters in Seef region to celebrate the girls’ achievements during the third edition of “Girls for Tech” program, focusing on the distinguished participants in the three editions of the program, as 2,000 girls from all over the Kingdom participated in the program, and received the basic STEM training professionally, such as the basics in coding.
Shaikha Deena bint Rashid Al Khalifa, Assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), expressed the council’s thanks and appreciation to “Zain Bahrain” for its strategic support for the council’s efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting gender balance in the fields of future sciences. Also noting the efforts of Clever Play in implementing this program since its launch in 2019, and how the company has been keen on providing everything necessary to ensure its continuity during the pandemic.
In her speech during the ceremony, Sheikha Deena bint Rashid stressed the role of the program in achieving the goals of the National Initiative for Gender Balance in the field of future sciences by ensuring the sustainability of Bahraini women’s participation in the fields of future sciences, expanding the options and opportunities available to them, and developing self-knowledge to enhance their competitiveness to meet national requirements and priorities in the transformation of the digital economy, which targeted Bahraini women at all stages of life. Also noting that the program is directly related to the field of lifelong learning in the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women, which aims to build the capabilities of the next generation in its various educational stages in the fields of innovation, creativity and the digital transformation economy.
Fatima Haider, Zain Bahrain Sustainability and Inclusivity Manager, commented: “As part of Zain Bahrain’s commitment to improving the digital literacy within the local community, ‘Girls for Tech’ has trained 2,000 girls throughout the years. Our partnership with SCW and Clever Play has created a one-of-a-kind opportunity in the Kingdom for girls to explore a new field of education and training, enhancing their skills and talents.”
“This initiative also helps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 5 Gender Equality, and SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth,” she added.
Shaikha Latifa bint Mohamed Al Khalifa, Clever Play Co-Founder and CEO, added: “We are proud to have completed the third edition of Girls for Tech and have successfully trained 2,000 girls and moved 100 girls with outstanding performance to advanced programs. Initiatives like Girls for Tech program provide unique outlets to introduce and enhance innovation for young girls and provide them with opportunities to grow and advance professionally in STEM.”
Girls for Tech targets girls aged 8-14 interested in STEM to immerse them in technology through informative and interactive weekly sessions. The sessions taught participants how to create games and websites, basic robotics, and incorporate computer science studies into daily activities.
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