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Malala Yousafzai Encourages Women Around the World to Code

Malala Yousafzai Encourages Women Around the World to Code

Malala Yousafzai took to YouTube to encourage young women in every country to try coding just days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. 

"You can do it, even if you don't have a computer," she said according to an article on TechCrunch.com. "Every girl deserves a complete education and every girl deserves to take part in creating the technology that will change our world and change who run it. 

The program, Hour of Code, the article said, "was backed with support from President Obama and a slew of other politicians, celebrities, and tech giants such as Microsoft and Google."

Code.org founders Hadi and Ali Partovi "expected to reach about 5 million students at the beginning of last year's campaign," the article said. 

"Hour of Code has now reached 40 million students in over 200 countries over the course of the year," the article said. "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates provided some of those online tutorials, and many prominent tech companies pledged their support with time, money and general messaging about the campaign. The goal this year is to train 10,000 computer science teachers and get 100 million students to do one hour of code."

There are 63 days left before the end of the campaign, said TechCrunch. The total amount raised is "currently just over $85,000, including matching donations."

“Computer science is foundational for all students, not just the ones who want to be software engineers,” said Hadi. “The Hour of Code is introducing tens of millions of girls of all ages to this historically male-dominated field, and millions of these girls will continue learning beyond their first hour.”

See Malala's video below:

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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