Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) supported Technology Nation Kids program, which provides free programming training for 9-11-year-old children in 5 cities of Ukraine. The Fund will also subsidize the robotics video course.
WNISEF will compensate mentors of children training groups and will put up funds for the resupply of Technology Nation Kids project hubs in 5 cities: Odesa, Mariupol, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Kherson. Within six months a total of 200 students will be trained with the support of Western NIS Enterprise Fund.
In addition to that, the Fund will back the development of the robotics video course. It’ll span the basic principles of robots construction along with their type description, and will tell about 3D robot modeling, microcontrollers, sensors, ready and open-source robotics solutions.
“The next decade will have the IT jobs as the most demanded ones, and the programming skill will be equated with the ability to read or write. Some European countries have already started teaching 6-year-old kids the basics of programming. And in order to be competitive in the international market, children in Ukraine should have the same skills. That is why Western NIS Enterprise Fund supported the Technology Nation Kids project, which will give our children a chance to master technology, develop logical thinking and significantly broaden their horizons“, said Andrii Sorokhan, Economic Leadership Program Coordinator of Western NIS Enterprise Fund.
Technology Nation Kids is a national project for free children IT-education, which started up on December 1, 2016. The program was launched by the BrainBasket Foundation in partnership with the Code Academy and Miratech Company as part of the national Technology Nation project of free basic programming training. The course stands on the use of “children’s” programming language Scratch (developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and is taught by practitioners. Since the program launch, there’ve been 200 kids enrolled, 106 of which have already graduated, and 97 children’s program participants keep on their training in groups.
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