After registering huge success in the first two phases, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom has now extended the Google CS First Program to multiple provinces of Pakistan including deferral territory, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

The program is being extended in collaboration with Tech Valley, Telecom Foundation, and the Virtual University. It was started with an aim to help the underprivileged children learn how to code and make the internet a safer place for the young minds.

A special ceremony was held at the Ministry of IT and Telecom, where all stakeholders gathered and marked the success of phase 2 of the CS First Program.

During the ceremony, Federal Minister for IT&T Syed Amin Ul Haque said, “I believe this program has the potential to lay a good foundation for ICT Development in the country, as in 10-15 years’ time, we will have young coders and programmers who will, by the Grace of Almighty Allah, be making good strides in the coding community and creating amazing applications and software.”

Syed Amin added that the department is further making efforts for the development of the youth in a positive way as they are the future of Pakistan. The minister also highlighted that around 316 students and over 69 teachers have been trained in the first two phases of the program.

Meanwhile, CEO of Tech Valley Pakistan Umar Farooq stated, “We aim to create Google CS First coding clubs for kids in different schools of Pakistan where they can learn grass-root coding and receive mentorship from experienced trainers.”

Additionally, the Tech Valley Pakistan is also planning to organize a hackathon for children between the age of 9-14 where students will be able to create story-based interactive games from scratch.

From : pk.mashable.com

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