What would happen if you trained one million young Arabs in the field of coding or computer programming? The future scenario of Arab youth employment and their contributions to the world would take care of itself. This year, over 22,000 people from the Arab world have completed the One Million Arab Coders programme and 130 of the 250 top achievers were honoured by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday at a ceremony to mark this milestone.
The largest programme of its kind, the programme’s defining value is its grassroots approach to maximising youth potential. It is analogous with the idea of teaching a man to fish to feed himself for a lifetime rather than giving him a fish to feed himself for one meal. Providing Arab youth with free software development training is the surest way to harness their skills for the future.
The fact that some of the biggest names in technology in the world have agreed to be partners in the tutoring and training of the One Million Arab Coders programme attests to the impact this initiative is poised to deliver. The programme, that has drawn more than 1.1 million applicants from around the Arab world since its launch in 2017, is ensuring that these gaps will be filled by the large numbers of human potential who are being groomed to boost the region’s economy and prospects. It is endowing the Arab youth with one of the most important assets in this technological era – fluency in coding, a language that knows no borders.