The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Youth Office held a workshop for young software programmers in its office in the town of Azaz in rural Aleppo as part of the activities it held to mark the 11th anniversary of the start of the Syrian Revolution.
The workshop was opened by coordinator of the SOC’s office in rural Aleppo, Ahmed Al-Shehadi. He said that these workshops stems from the SOC’s belief in the role of the youth in building society, in order to enhance their competencies, and discuss the prospects for the development of work and mechanisms for activating this.
Coordinator of the workshop and director of the SOC’s department of projects, Salah Fares, pointed out that the workshop was divided into two main parts. The first part focused on mechanisms to increase job opportunities for the vulnerable segment of Syrians. He also pointed out that there was a consensus among the participants on the urgent need for training to launch this work in addition to a platform that provides training, opportunities and rights for software programmers.
Fares added that the second part discussed the reality of software programming for Syrians and where Syria will be after ten years in this sector. He pointed out that the participants agreed on the need to hook programmers in liberated areas with programmers abroad in order to sharpen their expertise and secure job opportunities for a large segment of Syrians.
The participants also stressed the need to unlock the potential of young people and draw up plans to prepare them to work more broadly in this sector. They discussed the difficulties faced by young people in working in the programming sector and ways to overcome them.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)