by: Ida Mandinyenya
Monday, August 15, 2016 | Social Responsibility |
This year, MicroSourcing partnered with Microsoft Philanthropies to mark International Youth Day. The theme this year is "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production".
Fourteen girls from Tahanan Sta. Luisa, a crisis intervention center for former abused and prostituted girls in Antipolo City, gathered at MicroSourcing MDC site for a workshop on Digital Literacy and Introduction to Programming. The group was accompanied by Social Workers Anna Aban and Nellen De La Fuente, Teacher Ginalyn Villalon, Sewing Instructor Remy Velasco, and Houseparent Glenda Librando.
The session was facilitated by Microsoft Student Partner Joanna Heramil. It began with a module on Computer Basics and later, the trainees learned the Fundamentals of Programming. It was evident that the girls were intrigued by the prospect of creating their own word through code.
During the course of the day, the young girls from Tahanan Sta Luisa had the opportunity to meet Operations Manager Melanie Dunhan and Senior Operations Specialist Jan Cyrill Dimaranan. Melanie and Jan both gave words of encouragement and perseverance to the girls, and answered some questions about their roles at MicroSourcing. After the training, the girls presented a beautiful song and dance number to employees.
Microsoft Philanthropies believes that empowerment begins with inclusion. This aligns with the MicroMissions vision of recognizing the efforts of the world’s youth and promoting their full participation in public life with access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, and financial services. Thus, an opportunity to spur interest in coding to create a future generation of women in technology was welcomed.
We hope that the girls were inspired and will take advantage of Microsoft’s free resources to explore the world of programming.