The Bits Academy is a training programme in the field of ICT and multimedia for youth in emerging economies.
The aim of the Bits Schools is to elevate the standards of the ICT and digital learning experience and relevant income generating opportunities in Africa and beyond. We have achieved that through the implementation of a hands-on training and contextualised programme called the Bits Academy.
WeAreBits has been set-up as a global support entity with the mandate to fundraise, build the capacity of the Bits Schools and to ensure the quality, scale and sustainability of the Bits operations.
We aim to improve the social and economic prospect of youth from underprivileged backgrounds. This is achieved by preparing them with relevant creative and digital skills and by stimulating their self-esteem. Bits schools offer demand aligned training in creative technologies, entrepreneurship and life skills, leading youth to income generating opportunities.
We believe each and every one is talented, whose potential can be discovered and stimulated through Bits Academy. Employing learning by doing, where students and employees are allowed to make mistakes enables us to be flexible and creative. It opens up new paths and responds to a changing world.
” Ekobits has made a very good impact in my life for the past year. I could not use a computer for anything but now with the help of Ekobits, I am a certified web developer & graphic designer. I promise to teach the kids in my community these skills I now have. “
We select students on the basis of commitment and motivation and offer them demand aligned training in creative technologies, entrepreneurship and life skills, leading youth to income generating opportunities. Our local partners are vital for the implementation of the project. They provide a solid governance structure with management, advisory boards, selection of capable trainers in the ICT field, selection of the youth. Their local network and partnerships with local CBO’s are crucial for the selection of youth from underpriviledged areas.
Our alumni never stop learning and end up at the forefront of change.
In just one year students go from not knowing how to use a mouse to being capable designers and developers. They are selected through Community Based Organisations and assessed on their motivation and effort. Hear some stories of our students or see more of our impact.