The Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SAFCSP) is a national institution under the umbrella of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, which seeks to build national and professional capabilities in the fields of cyber security and programming in line with the established and internationally recognized practices and standards, to expedite the ascent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the ranks of developed countries in the domain of technology innovation.
The Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones organized the “Programming for Young Saudis” event at its headquarters in Riyadh in cooperation with technology company Oracle, reported Arab News.
The program introduced 25 Saudi children aged between 8 and 14 to the basics of programming using widely recognized languages such as Java and Python, as well as to the principles of programming using simple tools and platforms such as Scratch, Alice and Greenfoot that do not require any experience.
The program aims to raise children’s awareness about Internet security and familiarize them with the principles of programming, as well as develop their communication, analytical, cooperation and problem-solving skills, in addition to enabling them to develop games and stories using different software platforms.
SAFCSP will open registration for the second phase of the program during February.