KUWAIT: For the second year running, Zain joined the special graduation ceremony held to celebrate the students who successfully enrolled in the ‘Kuwait Codes’ program in strategic collaboration with CODED Academy. The initiative is considered the best of its kind in the nation and has contributed to upskilling over 2500 students in programming, coding, and digital competencies since its launch.

The ceremony was held at Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum, attended by Dean of the College of Engineering and Petroleum Prof. Khalid Al Hazaa, CODED Academy co-founder and CEO Ahmad Marafi, CODED officials, students and their families, along with sponsors and supporters. In the event, the company presented the ‘Zain Award for the Most Innovative Project’ to the aspiring student Bader Fadhel Qassim in recognition of his excellence and innovative approach.

A large crowd celebrated the new generation of Kuwaiti coders.

The ceremony also witnessed the recognition of all the students who successfully enrolled in the third season of the Kuwait Codes program, which kicked-off earlier this year under support from Zain. During the third season, the Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) hosted a fun workshop entitled “So you think you can design?”, which came under a special program for female coders as part of the bigger ‘Kuwait Codes’ initiative. The workshop empowered girls and young women to create their own digital designs within a specific set of rules, and the designs were then presented to a judges panel that reviewed the designs and selected the winners.

This particular program upskilled over 100 female students this year. ‘Kuwait Codes’ is the first initiative of its kind in Kuwait, and it continues its mission to create a technically advanced generation by offering the opportunity for high school students from private and public schools to learn and develop programming skills in four main streams: website design, Python programming, video game development, and smartphone app development using Flutter.

CODED CEO Ahmad Marafi recognizes Zain for its strategic partnership.

This year alone, the program trained over 1100 students. Zain is proud to be one of the main strategic partners of CODED throughout the years, a partnership that has contributed to empowering thousands of young programmers and developers into the local market. The company is keen on playing its part in empowering and creating the next generation of Kuwaiti coders.

Many of Zain’s corporate sustainability strategy initiatives center around youth and education development, and as digital skills are gaining accelerating importance in the future of education and the economy, the company has put the development of programming and digital competencies of the youth at the forefront of its priorities. Zain is keen on contributing to preparing the next generation of local talents with the skills required by modern markets.

Zain is keen on playing a vital role as an integrated digital service provider in light of the rapid digital changes witnessed by the modern world. The company always seeks to reach new levels of excellence with its customers through offering the best innovative services, meeting their needs and aspirations, as well as supporting programs and initiatives that embrace tech innovation and aim at developing it.