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Gaza Sky Geeks commented on Gaza Sky Geeks: Coding for Peace and Prosperity

Thank you for sharing! We will certainly explore this opportunity.

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Gaza Sky Geeks commented on Gaza Sky Geeks: Coding for Peace and Prosperity

Thanks for your question. As you may know, the Gaza Strip has faced 3 wars in the past ten years, in addition to a decade long siege which has resulted in closed borders that severely restricts the movement of people and goods. Gazans are highly educated, but also face the highest measured unemployment rate in the world. It's a ripe environment for hopelessness and poverty to propel youth to engage in politically-motivated violence. Research shows that education alone is not enough to prevent youth from engaging in violence, but meaningful opportunities to shape their economic and future prospects is what really matters in preventing youth to resort to violence and extremism. We were inspired by the example that OpenIDEO posted under the peace and prosperity challenge theme - the Chacen Reich coding program for displaced people and refugees. Gazans are currently facing a high rate of displacement from the 2014 conflict. Gaza Sky Geeks and this coding academy that we are piloting provides not only a chance for young Gazans to build internationally competitive skills to serve local and international clients and generate immediate incomes, but also gives them a sense of normalcy, agency, and optimism for the future that otherwise does not generally exist in this beseiged area.