World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


TechGirls Exchange Brings Middle East, African Teens to US

TechGirls Exchange Program Brings Middle East and North Africa Teens to United States

July 31, 2014

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

From July 31-August 22, tech-savvy teenagers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will participate in the third TechGirls exchange program. While in the United States, they will engage side-by-side with American teens in the classroom and the community, working on their technical development and leadership skills. The TechGirls program provides the knowledge, resources, peer networks, and mentor relationships to encourage girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology.

This year, the 24 participating girls will attend iD TechCamp, an interactive technology and computer camp, at American University in Washington, D.C. They will also meet with leading U.S. technology companies and work on community service projects in both Washington, D.C. and New York City. Representatives from top technology companies will meet with the girls, providing an opportunity for them to make important personal contacts and to expand their networks to compete equally in an often male-dominated field.

The more than 50 TechGirls program alumnae have shared their tech skills with more than 2,000 girls in their home countries, hosted conferences, and gone on to study at leading universities around the world. The success of TechGirls alumnae and the promise of the incoming class build on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The State Department and program partner Legacy International have teamed up with a diverse array of public and private sector companies for this year’s TechGirls program including: AT&T, Bank of America, Bully Pulpit Initiative, Corporation for Community and National Service, DoSomething.org, Facebook, Hell's Kitchen Farm Project, Girls Who Code, Google, National Building Museum, Tech Change, Tumblr, Yahoo!, and Verizon, among others.

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #TechGirls. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ECA-Press@state.gov.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN Health Agency Responds To Ebola Spike

UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau More>>

UN Casts Israel As World's Worst Violator Of Health Rights

Israel's army team of medics recently treated 1,600 victims of the Nepal earthquake. More>>

W Thousands Flee Syria’s Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan More>>

UN Agency To Halt Housing Allowance For Palestine Refugees

Lack of funds forces UNRWA to suspend cash assistance for housing for Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA/Shafiq Fahed More>>


Bangkok: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphophia

BMA, UN, embassy representatives, civil society and artists stand united with LGBTI Thais on International Day against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre More>>

Displaced Iraqis Face Difficulties As Fighting Continues

UNHCR is concerned about the processing arrangements in place at the Bzabz bridge – a series of pontoons across the Euphrates River which marks the boundary between Anbar province and the capital, Baghdad. Photo: UNHCR/G. Ohara More>>

UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Bangladeshi Blogger

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom worldwide today voiced ... More>>

Philadelphia: Train Crash

Five people have been confirmed dead and more than 136 people injured after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia today at 9.20pm local time.More>>

UN News: Alarming Surge In Bay Of Bengal Crossings

The number of irregular migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal has almost doubled over the past year amid a dangerous uptick in human smuggling and trafficking across the region, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news