Emirates News Agency – Inspirational Success Stories of the “One Million Arab Coders” Initiative Spread Hope to Arab Youth

DUBAI, May 9 / WAM / Over the years since its inception in 2017, the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative has been transformed from an inspiring idea launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Emirates The United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai, “God forbid,” in a tool of change. Indeed, it has changed the lives of many people and created a better future for hundreds of thousands of young people in the Arab world, each of whom has become a success story that proves the ability of knowledge and mastery of its tools in the future to make a difference in the lives of individuals and societies.

The initiative launched to embody the belief of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in the dreams of Arab youth and his ability to contribute positively to the development of their societies echoed from Egypt to Morocco, through Lebanon, Palestine , Syria. and Iraq, in Yemen and Libya.

The initiative achieved its first and most important goal, which is to empower more than one million young people with language skills in the future, to prepare programmers for the labor market and to encourage them to ‘turn their ideas into technological projects that increase their contribution to the development of society and make them an active element in the future industry.

Among the initiative are many inspiring stories honestly told by its owners, success stories that share a common denominator .. the donation of the UAE that knows no boundaries and the determination to succeed that knows the impossible .. These experiences confirm the main role of the UAE in leading the process of development and digitalization in the Arab region with technological projects produced Arab citizen serves humanity, enhances the quality of life and contributes more to building sustainable and prosperous societies and building future.

And from Syria to Jordan to Turkey, so began the journey of Mahmoud Shahoud, the Syrian refugee engineer, as the war forced him to leave his country in search of a better life. Mahmoud was in a meeting with a station that changed his career and opened up new horizons and gave him hope for a better tomorrow.

Mahmoud says: “In 2018, I saw an announcement on the Facebook platform about the initiative of one million Arab programmers, so I participated in the initiative because I wanted to increase my knowledge in the field of website development, which was one of the most “my few. the interests of previous years.”

Mahmoud claims that the unique presentation of the content in the program enabled him to overcome the obstacle to learn web development and the new skills he acquired helped him develop the “Habit 360” application, which enables people to build new habits. in their lives. follow their achievements and feelings and provide enough support to motivate them to change their lives for the better.

Another notable success story on the initiative journey is the experience of Iman and Wajdi from Egypt, whose idea of ​​working long hours in an office away from home has always been difficult for her, forcing her him to spend nine years. at home to take care of her children while she did various manual and household chores to support her family.above her husband.

But that all changed after I joined the One Million Arab Programmers Initiative in 2017. “At the time, I was working during the day on my home project to prepare food and distribute it to clients, and only after I had placed the children. mine in my house. the beds in the evening did I start studying late at night. ”

Eman says she learned a lot from the initiative, as she gained skills in developing websites and mobile applications, which helped her turn her small business into a project she manages using a mobile app.

Eman managed to expand her project to the rest of Egypt and more than 9,000 requests were submitted by Egyptian women to help her prepare food, in a vivid example of the ability of innovative solutions to change the course of her life. her divorcees as well. as well as thousands around them.

Perhaps the story of Ammar Salem, a university professor at the College of Architecture – University of Baghdad, is another vivid example in which the initiative showed the ability of the will to change reality. For Ammar, the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative was a realistic translation of what he had imagined over the years.

Although he was learning drawing and calligraphy while studying electronics and aircraft modeling, Ammar was always looking for a way to allow him to learn how to make 2D and 3D design programs after years of using them.

Ammar had the perfect opportunity to learn programming when the One Million Arab Coders initiative was announced and he talks about that moment saying: “I rushed to join him and was one of the first year students in it. My joy was indescribable. “when I first learned how to make my first app on Android.”

Thanks to the initiative, Ammar has so far developed more than seven programs and video games, including the program “My Speaking Reading”, whose number of users in one year has exceeded two hundred thousand users, in addition to the game “A Cube”. which is a game dedicated to the development of the imagination, and the program “Talking Fingers” He has developed a new sign language in which the deaf can write and pronounce all the letters and words by pointing with only two fingers in front of a device. turns those signs into letters and spoken words.

The “One Million Arab Coders” initiative aims to bring about a change in the attitudes of an entire generation, transforming millions of programmers into a scientific base that in turn transfers knowledge to the ocean and enhances the skills of those around them.

Omaima graduated from the initiative and received a “Nano Degree” certificate, after which he founded the charity “SheCode”, which teaches girls the programming language and empowers them.

And Omaima’s dream did not stop there, she after receiving the certificate focused her efforts on eradicating technical illiteracy in her country and founded the “My Mother” platform, which focuses on teaching programming and business management for both genders.

Programming is not just a tool of self-realization, offering new job opportunities or increasing income, but it can actually save lives, and this was actually experienced by Yemen Marwan Al-Hakimi, one of the graduates of first of the initiative, the new knowledge of which enabled him to develop seven applications for learning languages ​​for free.

Thanks to the programming skills he gained from the initiative, Marwan explains that he “worked on developing another application to solve the mine problem in Yemen, warning passers-by about the areas where the mines have spread and urging the relevant authorities to comb and clear the area.” . ”

Marwan’s experience in finding ways to save the lives of others through programming is no different from the experience of young Lebanese, Rayan Al-Marbahi, who lives in the UAE and who returned his graduation from the runways of “One Million”. Arab Codeders “in an opportunity to save the lives of patients in need of organ transplants.

Ryan worked on the development of the Donor app, which uses blockchain technology to organize the organ donation process, eliminate organ trafficking, and connect donors with beneficiary patients. Currently, Ryan is collaborating with the UAE Ministry of Health in this area.

The experience of Palestinian Amin Abu Dyaq is also one of the inspiring experiences in the field of social change. Three months after graduating from the One Million Arab Coders initiative, the Jusoor platform saw the light in its hands to begin with. its services by offering the best international educational curricula for students in the West Bank and through classes based on virtual reality technologies.

Because of the skills she has acquired, Amin is currently collaborating with the UAE Ministry of Education to develop virtual reality education projects in the UAE.

The experience of Moroccan Hassiba Mensett, who is one of the people of determination, represents a true light that emphasizes the importance of empowering all members of society to achieve sustainable and inclusive development.

However, her participation in the “One Million Programmers Initiative” allowed Hassiba, after her graduation, to develop new skills and gain advantages over her peers in the labor market. Hassiba claims that “her skills have been greatly developed and she was able to win a nano degree scholarship.”

These realistic stories are just a quick glance at a number of pioneering experiences that changed the lives of their owners and those around them and opened up new horizons and unique opportunities for them to improve their skills and develop their capabilities through programming. .

The stories embody the vision of the “One Million Arab Coders” initiative, which was launched to achieve a clear goal, which is to qualify a new generation of young Arabs capable of taking advantage of the knowledge economy and creating opportunities for future for themselves and their communities. .

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