Telerik Academy School provides free education in programming and digital science, helping students ages 7-18 develop key digital competencies and knowledge and become bold inventors, digital leaders and sought-after professionals. We aim not to turn all kids into programmers, but to teach them creative thinking and problem-solving skills and prepare them for the jobs of the future. For 9 years we have trained 12,000 BG kids in digital technologies.Our goal is to train 12,000 kids more by 2024.
By 2020, 95% of all jobs will require digital literacy. However, only 31% of Bulgarians currently have digital skills. There is a looming gap in education programs that could prepare today's youth for the jobs of the future. In addition, 90% of tech companies are concentrated in Sofia and Bulgaria's economic power is centered in few major cities. The migration to these regions and abroad is stripping off ~2/3 of the country of its young population and deteriorating the local economies.
Telerik Academy School provides free tech education to students ages 7-18, in 102 cohorts in 25 cities in Bulgaria. We spark youth's curiosity and interest in studying and transform them from passive digital consumers into growth-minded creators. By arming the next generations with digital and programming skills and laying the foundation for a promising career in digital technologies, our programs aim to keep young people not only in Bulgaria, but also in their home towns.
The language of business is English, but innovations are written in code. If we want to set Bulgaria on a successful innovating trajectory, investing in the digital skills of the next generations is our only option. Over 12,000 kids in Bulgaria have participated in Telerik Academy School's free programs to date. 2000+ students from 25 cities joined our programs in 2019/20 school year. By the end of 2024, we aim to teach another 12,000 students, with 35+ Bulgarian cities reached.