The TechGirls 2012 summer program participants have returned home and are actively utilizing the skills they learned. TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
It is a program of academic study of applied technology for girls who already have a demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in the subject. It empowers girls to pursue higher education and careers in technology, and links peers who share interests and abilities. The program develops leadership skills while promoting mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and the countries and territories of the Middle East and North Africa.
View their Prezi presentations Presentations were created by the girls about their TechGirl experience in the US. Click on photo to see presentations from Khadija(Morocco) and Lara Kasbari, Dana Jaraysah, and Rozaline Zahdeh (Palestine).
Rihab and Wissal Saidi (twins from Tunisia) started an after school project by creating an association called ‘Interact Hope Ariana’. They have over 65 member sin just three months and will coordinate community service programs. Their first project includes a clothing and food drive. Interact is connected to the international association “Rotary International.”
Apart from the volunteerism, they will help disabled kids (aged from 2 to 10) who are studying at a special care-center in the city and hope to teach them some tech skills.
Lara Kasbari, a bright and passionate TechGirl from Bethlehem saw the need to raise technology awareness in her community after her summer in the TechGirls program. Her aim is to use technology to help build peace in Palestine. She wrote a fantastic proposal to a major NGO in Jerusalem-The Diabetic Friends Society and was granted free use of their space to teach tech courses to under-served children. Lara recently taught her first computer literacy course to 5 students. It was a huge success and she has been requested to teach every Friday at the center.
Lara, Rozaline, and Dana from Palestine presented at school in the presence of one of the women who interviewed them for selection in the program, Miral Siriani. Shortly thereafter, they had a meeting with TechWomen Alumni who are eager to guide them as well.
Sura Mubarak (Jordan) Wrote an article in Arabic on her experience in the program. Here is a highlight:
“During our first few days in Washington DC, we met Mr. JE Rash, Founder of Legacy International, he gave a lecture on leadership skills and attributes that make a good leader. He left a mark in the heart of every one of us as he used every possible means to attract our attention and make his lecture entertaining.The TechGirls program made me more aware of what I want to do in the future and what I wish to study at the university. It has made me aware of the importance of engineering and technology, that technology is promising tomorrow, is the future of the coming generations, it is the study which is renewed every day.”Congratulations to Dana Amer (Jordan) for being part of the winning team at the F1 in schools global conference in Abu Dhabi. her team was the only Arab team and they won the F1 Women in Motorsport award.
All 25 TechGirls have engaged in teaching peers and younger students Java, app development or web design. They have increased responsibility and play larger leadership roles in tech clubs and are committed to community service. They have received support from local tech companies, participated in TedX events and are now assisting some of the best entrepreneurs in the region.