BeginIT, a social educational project spearheaded by inDrive, has empowered 61 children drawn from orphanages, boarding and rural schools with Information Technology (IT) skills. The programme is an initiative that aims to provide future career guidance for children from orphanages, boarding and rural schools with IT skills.
In the last two years, 61 children drawn from rural schools in Nigeria have benefited from the innovative education programme through access to IT and opportunity to display their new skills on different projects.
While 31 children graduated from the programme in 2021, 30 completed the programme in 2022. During the two years, the project held several workshops and other events to instill problem-solving skills and prepare children from orphanages, boarding and rural schools.
Social Project Manager, BeginIT, Anna Soldatova, said with the enrollment of 45 students this year, students would continue to benefit from the cutting-edge technology and education provided by BeginIT. “We strongly believe that every child should have a chance to realize his or her potential regardless of social circumstances. We feel they need to be properly educated in time to ensure they can compete in the rapidly developing world. This is why we have devised an initiative to enable them reach their potential,” Soldatova said.
BeginIT was launched in Nigeria in 2021 to ignite children’s curiosity in intellectual production by providing them with an early advantage for personal development, influencing their career paths, and supporting their initial steps in the IT sector.
To achieve this objective, it works with STEMCafe, local governments and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria.
The programme is part of inDrive’s community empowerment efforts to challenge injustice globally. Other social projects undertaken by inDrive include the Star Team initiative which helps underprivileged children go to the best world higher schools, and Supernovas, which provides children from small towns and villages access to quality sports training.
BeginIT operates in 15 countries, including Nigeria, and has trained 821 children globally.
BeginIT is a social, educational project launched by inDrive in 2012. The programme aims to identify and provide future career guidance for capable children from orphanages, boarding schools, and rural schools in new technologies. The goal is to develop children’s interest in the sphere of intellectual production, give a head start to personal growth, influence the choice of future profession, and support their beginnings in IT.