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 65 cohorts in 15 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 programing 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 10,000 kids in Bulgaria have participated in Telerik Academy School's free programs to date. Within the 2018-2019 school year alone, 1,700+ students from 15 cities joined our trainings. By the end of 2019, we aim to reach another 2,000 students in 78 cohorts in 20 BG cities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).