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Coding program unlocks opportunities for Southern Thai Youth

   Posted on 06.09.2023 by Content Admin, Bangkok Post
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THAILAND. Bangkok Post (25 August 2023) - STEPS, the Southern Technology Education Project for Students, has launched a transformative initiative aimed at empowering students in the vulnerable regions of the Southern Border of Thailand. Supported by the Islamic Bank of Thailand (ibank), STEPS is dedicated to providing assistance to students in Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala.

STEPS is a pioneering organisation committed to educating students in Thailand's southern region, with a particular focus on Muslim and female students, in the art of coding. The mission of STEPS is to equip students with coding-related technical skills, enabling them to access enhanced opportunities and greater socioeconomic mobility in the years shead. The Initiative operates on a "wain the trainer model, wherein the STEPS team guides volunteers in delivering the curriculum. Collaborating with Princess of Naradhiwas University, Prince of Songkla University - Pamani Campus, and Yells Rajabhat University, STEPS establishes connections with proficient trainers.

The recent project launch by STEPS, which took place on Friday, August 18, 2023, welcomed over 300 students aged 12 to 15, guided by 12 trainers at Princess of Naradhwas University. During the ten~week program, trainers will impart the cunriculum at various schools.  At the end of the 2023 session, students will showcase their project accomplishments in a friendly competition atmosphere. The top four teams will be awarded scholarships.

Dr. Thaweelap Rimapirom, Director and President of the Islamic Bank of Thailand, a strong supporter of STEPS, highlighted the significance of coding as a skill and language that will become increasingly essential in the future.

He stated, "I recognise the importance of coding as a skill and language that will become more essential in the future. And this skill will grow to be a requirement for the students to develop their career in the future. I am delighted that ibank is part of the project."

Founded by Ms. Parima Nadia Chaophungart, a student at Philips Academy in the USA, STEPS resonales deeply with bank's mission to improve education in Thailand's southern provinces, home to a significant Muslim population. Choophungart explained, "My motivation to found STEPS derived Tom my belief in the importance of equitable access to education, and my own experience within STEM--particularly Computer Science- spaces, which have been majoirty male, and often, not very welcoming to people of other identities. I hope that STEPS will create equal opportunities for students in the Soith, especially girls, to learn how to code in a fun and engaging way."


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06.09.2023
Content Admin
, Bangkok Post