The “Girls CODE”, a code-writing program for the girls which was initiated by Ms. Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority, was launched today / June 18, 2021 /. A total of 2,100 girls from all over Mongolia registered for the program and 30 girls from 21 aimags and 9 districts were selected.
Over the next eight weeks, these 30 girls will gain the basic skills needed to become web developers, master algorithms and coding, web and mobile applications, and create prototypes based on what they have learned.
The training is provided by scientists and teachers from the Ministry of Education and Science and the National University of Mongolia. Khan Bank Foundation, Golomt Bank, CNT Telestar LLC, Information and Communication Network state-owned company, Faro Training Center, Mongolian Software Developers Association and Goldman Sachs are working together to support human resource development in the information technology sector, especially female software engineers. Members of Parliament, Mr. Amartuvshin and Mr. Gankhuyag also focused on the education of girls in their districts and supported their participation in the program.
In the 21st century, the world emphasizes that is not just a consumer of technology, but also an understanding of how the technology works, dramatically improving competitiveness in all areas. In other words, lawyers, doctors, and politicians all need to know what algorithms are and how the Internet works. Therefore, developed countries have begun to pay attention to the importance of teaching computer science to children from an early age.
In Mongolia, Ms. Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority initiated the “Girls Code” program to eliminate the digital divide in rural areas as well as gender inequality in the sector by providing coding education to high school students, especially girls. Learning to write codes is important for children to think logically, solve big problems step by step, and be creative.