BrainBasket Foundation completed the first stage of the Technology Nation project that enabled anyone to undertake free courses on programming basics throughout the country and launches a new pan-Ukrainian social education project to retrain school teachers of computer science.
Technology Nation project was launched in 2016 to allow anyone to make the first step in IT for free, mastering the course on the basics of programming. The program of the project is based on the CS50 course from Harvard University and the MIT 6.00.1x course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
3040 participants have been enrolled in the program, 52% of which have completed the course successfully. 60 educational hubs in 37 cities have been equipped with computers and furniture, 97 IT specialists and progressive teachers of computer science joined the project as mentors.
The education itself was held in the blended learning format, that requires individual work with the lecture material, which is set online, and the classroom practice under the guidance of mentors. The next stage of the project will begin in October in all regions of Ukraine.
“Our project plays an important social role and allows Ukrainians to navigate the world of technologies better and change their lives for the better. We are also proud that in more than a year we managed to build a pan-Ukrainian network of educational hubs that have become a real center of modern knowledge in the regions and allow us to become a scaling partner for other educational initiatives,” said Ilia Onyschenko, Program Director of BrainBasket.
The new project of the Foundation will focus on the retraining of school teachers and will be held on the basis of equipped hubs. The aim of the project is to raise the professional level of teachers and turn them into “agents of change” in their schools because after having taught one teacher, it is possible to spread new knowledge to all of his or her students.
It is planned that the teachers will study HTML/CSS and website-development and after successful completion of the course they will be able to train students in the format of optional lessons on the basis of hubs, receiving a monetary reward from the Foundation and integrating new material into their lessons. As always, training for schoolchildren and teachers will be free of charge, the project is scheduled to start in October.
As for the current projects – courses on the basics of programming for adults in partnership with Harvard University and MIT projects on teaching children the basics of programming and teaching women on maternity leave the basics of web design – they will also continue in all regions of Ukraine.
Technology Nation project was financed by the International Renaissance Foundation and supported by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Ciklum, Luxoft, GlobalLogic, Microsoft, Navigator, PrivatBank, the Window of Opportunities NGO, ITVDN and many others. The project would not have been possible without the participation of dozens of volunteers and the personal contribution of the Director of the Foundation, Volodymyr Liulka, who has shifted to the Supervisory Board of BrainBasket in September 2017.
BrainBasket Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps Ukrainians to get educated in the field IT. BrainBasket was founded in 2014 with the vision of uniting the efforts of all IT industry players to facilitate training of 100 000 programmers by 2020.