TCS Launches Flagship goIT Program for Students in Riyadh

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goIT is an interactive, immersive programme that provides young people with access to hands-on technology education and design challenges with the goal of demystifying computer science and supporting students in obtaining the skills and confidence needed to pursue STEM jobs. It teaches students how to use design thinking and digital technologies to come up with and test ideas that will help their own communities or support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs). The interesting curriculum includes topics like the innovation lifecycle, product prototyping, and entrepreneurial skills that are useful in the business world. Under the programme, TCS employees act as mentors for students and give them information about the industry and how it works in the real world.

“To be competitive in the digital economy of the future, every community has to invest in developing its human capital and creating a digitally-capable workforce. We have been partnering with local communities for the past 13 years to spark interest in IT and technology among young people. After the huge success of goIT in other parts of the world, we introduced this program in the Kingdom so students can learn from TCS’ skilled technology professionals and flex their IT skills. We look forward to expanding the program to more schools in Saudi soon,”

said Sumanta Roy, Regional Head, Middle East & Africa, TCS.

TCS is working with Al Sahafa International School in Riyadh right now. So far, 106 students have been trained by TCS. Under the theme of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), students came up with ideas for how to achieve good health and well-being, cheap and clean energy, and no hunger. For example, 7th graders researched, came up with ideas for, and built a prototype of a mobile app called “Team Earth” that shows where the closest renewable energy outlets are and finds an environmental, social, and governance volunteer. In Grade 5, students came up with an app that would act as a digital aggregator as a way to use technology to end world hunger. It would be called “Free Supermarket,” and it would help people give and get money.

“We are very excited to see the STEM exposure our students got through the TCS goIT program. They really impressed us with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I think programs like this are extremely important in showing students how they can succeed in a range of fields, with a good grounding in IT,”

Commenting on the collaboration, Ola Mourad, Academic Coordinator, the Al Sahafa International School, Riyadh, said.

Since its start in 2009, the main programme has helped more than 100,000 students in 38 countries around the world. First of all, the TCS goIT programme was run in Arabic so that schools in the Middle East could use it.

“I am super happy to have had the opportunity to get involved in the design thinking program. The mobile app training is cool and I am proud of my project on improving world health by using technology,”

Leah, Grade 7 student, the Al Sahafa International School, shares her experience.

Six years in a row, the Top Employers Institute named TCS the best place to work in the Middle East. The company’s All-Women Innovation Lab in Riyadh is the first of its kind. It encourages collaboration with startups and universities and gives students a place to try out and improve new technologies. TCS Saudi Arabia recently won the Best Operational Excellence Award at the World Quality Congress and the Bronze Trophy at the King Khalid Sustainability Award for 2021.

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