Four TechGirls continue to share their leadership skills and technology training while working to introduce their peers around the world to the new version of girls from the Middle East. The girls who have participated in the TechGirls program are technically savvy, dynamic go getters, who have hit the ground running. Having completed the program and returned to their countries they are creatively engaging others in their community involvement. Read the techgirlsblog on tumblr.

ONE: TechGirl Ouafae Bousbaa’s E-Pal program takes off!

Inspired by her intercultural exchanges with American youth in the TechGirls program, TechGirl Ouafae Bousbaa has launched a three week E-Pal program for American and Moroccan youth to share emails and video calls regarding their skills, interests, digital work, cultural experiences, and overall passion for science and technology.

According to Ouafae, the goal of the program is “to strengthen the relations between Moroccan and American high school students in various dimensions…we are purely looking to join this group of people by creating a new generation of scientists, coders, artists and thinkers who believe in the universal sharing of ideas to build a better world. We also hope to boost the creativity of students in technology by working together on sharing tech skills and works.”

TWO: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Morocco

TechGirl Radia Soulmani from Morocco hosted Joe, a Peace Corps Volunteer from Connecticut. He reflects on his experience with the TechGirls community.

Upon first hearing of my Moroccan host family, I was told that they were all exceptional: both of my host parents were university professors and my host siblings were both fluent in Arabic, French, and English. After living with them for a month, I know that this is an understatement. In Morocco, they represent the shining potential for this developing nation. Among the host-country nationals I have met, Radia shines the brightest.  Read about the stories that Joe relates.

He goes on to say, “She [Radia] has credited the TechGirl program as her inspiration to establish her computer programming class, as her defining thought when considering the United States, and as the place where she met many of her friends in other Middle East and North African countries.  I feel proud that she is my host sister and she was afforded this opportunity to travel to and learn in America.”

Watch video of Radia speaking about TechGirls and what she learned, “I can do the impossible”.

THREE: TechGirl Imane Baha advocates for consumers of tech to become producers

Being a part of a society is not only a right but a duty as well. The duty of supporting and cooperating, the duty of sharing, the duty of contributing to the social good…

My name is Imane Baha. I belong to the Moroccan society. The Taza society (my city). The Bnu lYasmine’s society (my high school). The first mathematics baccalaureate students’ society (my class). My duty is to share my opportunities with other citizens who don’t get the chance to know or experience, my duty is to voice my opinion on what we need, and what we have to do in order to be better.

This is the main reason why I realized, and am looking forward to delivering presentations/workshops about what I am passionate about: Technology……as a member of the Moroccan society, I say we have to benefit from the advantages of the most powerful tool of development; the dream achiever: Technology.

FOUR: TechGirl Trains school girls in Film Production

TechGirl Aya Mizher trained girls at her school in film production and editing to produce this terrific short piece that shows the beauty and history of Nablus, Jerusalem and Yafa.

See Ava’s video and enjoy this amazing girls sense of vision.