90 beneficiaries participated in the IT trainings conducted in Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Impairments – Armenia

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The charity With You has achieved its goal of ensuring the socio-economic stability of displaced youth with disabilities affected by Covid-19 by providing an IT skills project under the EU-COVID-19 funded by the European Union and implemented by people in need Solidarity program for the Eastern Partnership regional programme.

90 representatives of vulnerable groups affected by Covid-19 (including victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, displaced young people, children with hearing impairments and family members of the hearing-impaired) took part in the IT training courses held at the Yerevan Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disorders State Non-profit organization to develop knowledge and skills in 3D modeling, computer skills and HTML programming.

The training was carried out in three rounds with three parallel groups (10 participants each) over a period of three months. A total of 90 beneficiaries participated in the project, of which 30 participated in 3D modelling, 30 in computer skills and 30 in HTML programming courses. Fifteen of these participants from more distant regions were provided with food and accommodation.

Three of the scholarship holders are already working in the IT area, 45 scholarship holders are continuing their education in this area. Nine of the best students in the project (one student in each group) were awarded laptops.

In order to ensure the sustainability of the project, an application for further financial support was made to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. If the application is approved, additional funds will be invested in the educational complex for the continuation of the project.

Lusine Babayan, Director of the Yerevan Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disorders, greatly appreciates the multidimensional collaboration gained through the project. It has given the school an opportunity to provide targeted and timely support to vulnerable groups affected by Covid-19 and to place an emphasis on sustainability to encourage continued support.

The closing event of the project took place on April 13th at the Yerevan Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disorders with the participation of People in Need and MESCS, the students of the short-term program, IT companies and employees of the educational complex. The students of the training presented their work and expressed their impressions. The organizers also received feedback from the participants on how best to improve the training in the future.

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