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>> In this residential house in Erbil, Northern Iraq, Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis are learning how to code. At this Pilot Bootcamp funded by the UN, students are battling against the odds to be the program's first graduates. The people here might be highly educated but they haven't been able to get a job.
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And this is a problem for thousands of people across the region displaced by wars in Syria and Iraq. They either haven't been able to finish university, or get jobs.>> I study computer engineering at the University of Damascus. I was in my first class but unfortunately I couldn't complete my studies because of the war.
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>> Recoded hopes to give opportunities to people stuck in sprawling refugee camps. Teaching them how to build websites so they can freelance for clients around the world. Jobs may be hard to come by, but an Internet connection is not. One of the teachers here Gabe Jackson, went through the same training in New York to become a developer.
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>> You need a computer and an Internet connection and not even a constant internet connection, just intermittent. You can get an assignment, be offline, work on it, get online again, push your code to your client, and that's it. You can do it from anywhere.>> The idea is to empower rather than hand out aid.
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Project organizers say they've learned that bringing education and meaningful employment to displaced people is an arduous task, facing spiraling costs, lack of resources, and a struggle to retain students. Some have had to drop out of the the intense training because they've needed to find part-time work to support their families.
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Students that remain will all seen speak the universal language of code. The danger is that bugs in the system can make it hard for others to follow in their footsteps.