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December 13, 2016 AT 9:00 am

Afghanistan’s First Women-Only Coding School Just Graduated Its First Class #MakerEducation

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Motivating story on Code to Inspire from FastCoExist.

When a new coding school launched in Herat, Afghanistan, a year ago, some of the teenage girls in its first class had never been online. Some had never used a computer. Now know they Javascript.

The school, called Code to Inspire, is the country’s first female-only coding school. The first class of 50 students, age 14 to 25, graduated recently.

The 29-year-old founder, Fereshteh Forough, had been harassed as a computer science college student herself—and realized that in Afghanistan’s male-dominated culture, where women are discouraged from actively participating, a traditional college classroom might not be the best place for women to learn to code.

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