Ukraine: EU-funded project provides IT courses for children in Mariupol

18-02-2021
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

An IT-Camp for young children and teenagers from disadvantaged groups has been set up in frontline Mariupol with the support of the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, funded by the European Union, The European Investment Bank (EIB) and other countries.

The school was founded by the Ilvutchenko family, designer and illustrator Halyna and web studio manager Ihor. Other camp teachers are also IT-specialists – designers, programmers, and developers. They share with students their first-hand experience and insights. The study course at the IT-camp is free.

“IT is one of the most popular and highly paid areas today,” the camp’s co-founder Ksenia Rodionova says. “Although a lot of people want to go into IT, far from all can afford it, because a high-quality IT education is very expensive. Young children and teenagers from disadvantaged groups, such as displaced persons, children affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, children with disabilities, orphans, and children from low-income families, are deprived of the opportunity to realise their dreams.”

The children nowadays study in small groups, but the school’s owners want to reach out to an even larger audience and teach children from other towns and cities. After graduation from the Crowdfunding Academy, implemented by The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) and funded by the EU, the team has launched the Spilnokosht campaign to raise money with a view to increasing the number of computers and to expand classes.

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