Girls Can Code Ethiopia
Forty girls, thirty Saturdays, and tons of code: that’s the recipe for the Ethiopian Girls Can Code program that recently concluded in Addis Ababa. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the course – which was taught by young women from the university’s computer science program – was based on a curriculum developed by WiderNet Field Associate Mulugeta Assefa and librarian Laura Ashcraft.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in July, Jill Biden (yes, THAT Jill Biden) said, “Because of the education you are getting, you are setting out on a lifelong path where most of all, you will have the confidence and tools you need to succeed.”
Texas Adopts WiderNet's COEP
Jeannie Colson, a librarian at Lee College in Baytown, Texas who helps hundreds of inmates pursue their Associate degrees within the Texas Correctional System, has adopted WiderNet’s Correctional Off-Line Education Platform (COEP) for seven facilities.
Not permitted to access the internet, inmates lack the resources they need to effectively complete research assignments. “We are supposed to be providing research opportunities to our students because it is required for accreditation” says Colson. “I’ve been trying for years to find a way to provide resources to our students in prison and it just hasn’t happened.”