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Afghan uni students teach underprivileged children digital skills

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Afghan uni students teach underprivileged children digital skills
 Two Afghan university students are offering underprivileged school children free computer skills workshops to help prepare them for the digital future.
Arifa Orfan, with the help of Habiba Husaini, plans to teach the kids in their language, to give them relevant skills for employment.
It is estimated that 85 percent of jobs today’s learners are expected to be doing in 2030 have yet to be invented. And with the majority of that speculated to be in technology, digital skills are paramount for today’s youth.
Decades of conflict have devastated Afghanistan’s education system, according to The Asia Foundation.
Girls face disproportionately high barriers to education in Afghanistan due to a lack of girls schools, a third of girls being married before turning 18 and societal scars left by the Taliban, explained Human Rights Watch.
But the potential for technology in education is quickly increasing, with 80 percent of the population now owning smartphones and Internet access in rural communities improving, reported The Asia Foundation.
Arifa aims to teach children applicable skills, such as the basics of building their own website using simple programming languages such as ‘Scratch’, according to the Times of India.
“Even if you learn C [a specific coding language] or anything like that, immediate job opportunities are few. Also, these are school students with no prior knowledge of computers; hence programing language may be very hard for them,” she said.
“If they can make a website, they may find employment with local people as many start-ups there may want a website. Once the students develop a liking for computers, they can try and learn other languages as well.”