Muscat: A pilot coding programme for the empowerment of Omani women from different governorates was launched on Tuesday by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, Madayn, represented by the National Business Centre (NBC).
The one-week coding programme, which is being held at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), aims at teaching women not only how to code to get a job, but also how to form an online business to create jobs for more women like them, and will empower them with the skills to earn income from their own businesses.
The coding programme comes as part of the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Women’s Congress in Oman to focus on empowering women through coding capabilities that will be held during the period from 14 to 16 October, 2019.
Sponsored by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the MENA Women’s Congress in Oman comes under the initiative of the US-based CTEK Foundation.
This initiative aims at supporting women in the region by crafting programmes that give them opportunities to learn coding as a business through online learning, digital bonding and forming a community through women-only business incubators.
The congress will also discuss the outcomes of the ongoing pilot coding programme and explore ways to continue enhancing coding capabilities among women in the Sultanate and the region.
The coding programme and the MENA Women’s Congress come along the lines of Madayn’s key cornerstones, which is to support entrepreneurship through its incubator programmes such as the National Business Centre, Industrial Innovation Centre, as well as funding innovative startups.
The National Business Centre is an initiative by Madayn to offer promising Omani entrepreneurs a platform to develop their business ideas and advance them into growing ventures.