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Code for Palestine was born in 2015 out of a desire to teach coding and entrepreneurial skills to some of the brightest high school students throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The organization funding the initiative, the PalTel Group Foundation [PGF], recognized that there weren't enough students graduating from Palestinian universities in STEM fields, and those that were graduating lacked some of the critical skills needed to succeed in the private sector. Most importantly, PGF saw an opportunity for a tech-driven startup scene to help tackle some of Palestine's problems, and realized that a culture of entrepreneurship needed to be bred in order for a startup culture to blossom.

Code for Palestine is a three year-long program, beginning the summer before 10th grade and concluding after 12th grade. Each year has many in-person sessions but is kicked off by a two-week camp held during the summer. Volunteer undergraduate instructors from Stanford University have served as the primary teachers during the two-week summer camp.

The overarching goals of Code for Palestine are to:

1-) Drive interest in computer science & STEM careers

2-) Build critical thinking and design thinking skills to complement coding education

3-) Provide mentorship for promising Palestinian students, with an emphasis on including female and underprivileged students

4-) Encourage entrepreneurship by teaching the skills needed to develop an idea

5-) PGF believes that its support of Code for Palestine will ultimately lead to a more robust and sustainable technology sector in Palestine, driving up employment and wages.

FAQs

1. How are Code For Palestine students selected?

Code For Palestine students are carefully selected from Palestinian secondary schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The selection process includes multiple stages-a written exam which tests the applicants level of English, general knowledge, motivation and a personal interview.
The program does not require prior knowledge in computer programming.

2. How much does it cost to be participant at Code For Palestine?

Upon acceptance, and after committing to participation, Code For Palestine students receive a full scholarship which covers all costs of the program, including tuition, teaching materials, transportation and food .
The students are not expected to pay for any of the Code For Palestine activities.

3. What are the requirements for applying to Code For Palestine ?

* To be aged between 14 -15 years old or have completed the 9th grade.
* Have a high level of spoken and written English
* Student who enjoy computers and understand the important role technology can play in our world
* Need to be highly motivated and committed to gaining skills, knowledge and utilizing these qualities to make a difference in their communities and in the world around them.

4. What will I get out of my experience in Code For Palestine?

Code For Palestine provides students a rare opportunity and an experience of a lifetime. It allows you to learn at the highest level with experienced teachers from global accredited universities. It provides you with high level of computer science, leadership skills and design thinking.
Code For Palestine gives you access to the world of high tech, business and leadership all in a positive, safe and enriching environment. Through Code For Palestine you will learn from and have personal access to top business and academic leaders. Most importantly, by participating in Code For Palestine you will encounter top students from all over Palestine, young leaders like yourself who you may one day partner up with to change your community and the world.