The Ukrainian BrainBasket Foundation with the support of WNISEF starts up in Chisinau the social project Technology Nation, which is aimed to improve IT education in the region.
Technology Nation is an IT education project of the BrainBasket Foundation, representing an alternative to public education. The project is free of charge and presupposes 2 target groups – 23-30-year-old young adults, willing to change their career by mastering an IT specialty, and 9-11-year-old kids, which will develop their logical thinking by participating in the program.
Technology Nation Adults are programming basics courses, built on the Harvard University program. Participation does not require any prior technical skills; the only requirement is English level, which should be not lower than upper-intermediate. The training lasts 4 months in the form of blended learning, which calls for unsupervised work with online lecture content and classroom practice under the guidance of experienced mentors. It allows participants to get a good background for further learning and employment in the IT.
Technology Nation Kids is a 3-month course for schoolchildren, where they learn the basic principles of computer science and programming while playing. The course stands on the use of “children’s” programming language Scratch (developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and is taught by practitioners.
Within a year 48 educational locations were opened in Ukraine and more than 1900 adults and more than 200 children were enrolled in the Technology Nation program. Training is free and does not require prior technical skills and knowledge. In Moldova the project is launched with the support of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF). In the nearest future, BrainBasket plans to launch a few extra hubs in Central and Eastern Europe.
“There are many active people in Moldova who are willing to work in IT. We are happy to provide both adults and kids with an opportunity to take the first steps in this sphere”, says Illia Onyshchenko, Project Manager at BrainBasket. “This project has proved itself well in Ukraine, we have gained experience and now we are launching this course in other countries, starting with Moldova”, he added.
“The BrainBasket Foundation is focused on international development and we are happy that Moldova became the first in the list. I believe that the project will have a positive impact not only on our would-be IT professionals who will undergo training but also on the economy of the country as a whole”, says Volodymyr Liulka, Head of the BrainBasket Foundation.
“Improving IT education is a priority area of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund activity. The IT sphere is one of the most demanded and highly paid in Moldova, but professional training here falls short of the market requirements. That is why WNISEF supported the Brain Basket initiative to launch the Technology Nation School. We believe that the gained expertise will open new career prospects for participants, help in the creation of start-ups and enhance the development of the IT industry in Moldova as a whole”, notes Andrii Sorokhan, Economic Leadership Program Coordinator at Western NIS Enterprise Fund.
You can enroll for the program here – http://brainbasket.org/moldova
BrainBasket Foundation is a non-profit NGO that improves IT education. By improving the educational infrastructure BrainBasket aims to make IT industry the driving force of the countries’ economic growth.
Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $168 million to 118 companies employing around 25 000 people and made it possible to unlock $1.4 billion for companies in Ukraine and Moldova. In 2015 WNISEF has launched a $35 million legacy program focused on export promotion, local economic development, impact investing and economic leadership. WNISEF is funding innovative, high-impact, reform focused programs and aims to support Ukraine and Moldova at this critical period by developing sound economic policy and leadership. Visit www.wnisef.org