Coding a Bright Future: Sharjah Transforms Orphan Education

February 26, 2024 / 1:39 PM
Sharjah24 : The Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation, in partnership with the Community Service Department at the American University of Sharjah, recently conducted training sessions on the fundamentals of electronic programming. These sessions were attended by 25 orphaned students associated with the foundation as part of the "Teach with a Pen" initiative, which aims to support the education of orphans.
The training, led by a group of volunteer engineering students from the American University, focused on key aspects of programming basics essential for newcomers in the field. Topics covered included problem-solving steps, task execution, providing hands-on experience in programming electricity, lights, and electrical sensors, and imparting the necessary data and information relevant to programming.

A well-defined plan and schedule were established to ensure the effective implementation of these courses, taking place weekly at the university's premises for a month and a half. This underscores the foundation's commitment to bolstering the academic aspect of its support.

Throughout the year, developmental courses stand out as a cornerstone in the "Teach with a Pen" project, seeking to enhance students' educational capabilities in developmental fields that contribute to their academic advancement and skill development.

Nawal Al-Hammadi, Director of the Social Welfare Department, expressed pride in the collaborative efforts of the American University in Sharjah, acknowledging their pivotal role in delivering various qualification courses that have fortified the essential skills of students affiliated with the foundation over the years. She commended their ongoing commitment to initiatives benefiting orphaned individuals.

She emphasised the significance of the "Teach with a Pen" project, citing its diverse array of supportive programmes designed for orphaned students. The project recognises the vital role of education in shaping a better future for orphans, offering a broad spectrum of educational and knowledge-based programmes to support them academically and empower them throughout their educational journey.

Professor Salsabeel Shabsough, Academic Advisor for IEEE SIGHT Club at the American University of Sharjah, expressed immense pride in the students' dedication and contribution to training the orphans. The programme aims to equip students with hardware programming skills and computing techniques, with participants showcasing exemplary dedication and output.

Aysha Ali, Head of the Community Service and Communication Department at the American University of Sharjah, reaffirmed the department's commitment to leveraging students' academic experiences in voluntary and humanitarian work. She extended gratitude to the Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation for their consistent collaboration.

The foundation places paramount importance on empowering its members academically, and actively involves community members in contributing to the "Teach with a Pen" project. This initiative encompasses comprehensive programmes and diverse educational and knowledge services, covering tuition fees, supporting higher education, providing various educational devices, offering tutoring sessions, and delivering developmental courses to address challenges that orphaned students may encounter in their educational journey.
February 26, 2024 / 1:39 PM

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