His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II attended on Wednesday a ceremony to launch the “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative”.
The initiative aims to train 1 million young Jordanians on coding and computer programming techniques through free online courses, granting them accredited international certificates and equipping them with the skills needed to enter the labour market in this field.
The “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative” is implemented by the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Mothanna Gharaibeh said the initiative comes within the framework of honing the digital skillsets of Jordanian youth to keep up with the fast pace of technology development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The minister noted that Jordan, at the initiative of Crown Prince Al Hussein and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, started a pilot programme two years ago to teach coding to public school students and is now in the planning phase to expand the programme and make it more comprehensive.
Gharaibeh expressed appreciation to the UAE for its support and cooperation on the launch of the “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative”, which is part of strategic initiatives and projects to promote partnership between the two countries.
For his part, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammad Al Gergawi praised Jordan’s unique human capital for being rich with young, skilled talents, stressing that coding skills provide a solid foundation for working in the industries of the future and an important facilitator of modernisation and development of government work in various vital sectors.
Minister Al Gergawi said the initiative is the starting point for a long-term strategic partnership in government modernisation, reflecting the deep Jordan-UAE ties.
The minister added that the launch of the “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative” reflects the confidence of the leaderships of the two countries in the crucial role of youth in the industries of the future and in Jordan's distinguished human capital.
CPF CEO Tamam Mango underlined Jordan’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and strategic development, stressing that equipping young Jordanians with coding and digital skills enables them to succeed in the future.
Mango pointed out that many tech start-ups have benefited from Jordan’s supportive ecosystem, highlighting the Kingdom’s leading position in online Arabic content creation, as well as the country’s positive progress on several global technology and entrepreneurship indicators.
She added that the “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative” will open up free training opportunities for youth, in cooperation with leading international firms, preparing them for the job market and opening up future economic opportunities for them.
The “1 Million Jordanian Coders Initiative” is now open for registration through its website: http://staging.jordaniancoders.com/?lang=en
The initiative will host online forums for those interested in coding and programming, providing a knowledge-based community of students, teachers and professional experts who can exchange knowledge, information and skills.
The initiative will also include an employment portal for graduates and offer international scholarships for excelling students.
A number of officials and diplomats attended the ceremony to launch the initiative.