Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
Since 2005 we received a growing number of students with a high success rate, in 2 kinds of programs:
1/ IT technicians (Systems & networks administrators, and Web programmers) in 2 years:
- From 25 students enrolled in 2005, to 97 to 100 each year since 2008
- 261 students (out of 280) completed the training
- 100% of graduates find a qualified job.
2/ Data management operators in 6 months, in partnership with Digital Divide Data (DDD), a US-based social business :
- 50 students enrolled in 2008, 50 in 2009, 100 in 2010
- 200 students (out of 200) completed the training
- 100% have been hired in DDD’s work-study program.
Our selection procedure reaches 10% of the 80.000 high school graduates each year in Cambodia. It increases by 1% the number of young Cambodians having access to a higher level of education, and:
- 93% of students complete the 2-year training
- <strong>100% of graduates get a qualified job</strong>
- <strong>Their first salary is 3 to 5 times the national average</strong>
- They send back about 30% to their family - 5 to 7 people as an average - doubling or tripling the family's income, and enabling their younger siblings to study in turn.
<em>We have developed a flexible and reproducible social integration model</em> which empowers disadvantaged students (85% from rural areas, and 54% females) - with the required IT skills to support filling the digital gap, potentially <strong>enabling thousands of new users to access ITC</strong>; our trainees thus foster a more inclusive development of provinces and contribute to societal change.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
Our long-term goal is to expand training projects supported by the same vision and principles, rooted in local initiatives and partnerships, sharing knowledge and experience to maximize cost effectiveness and social impact.
<strong>Our ambition is to develop by 2013 the expertise and resources that will enable the implementation of our scaling up strategy:</strong>
- Expand our Cambodian school into <em>a resource center</em> dedicated to the evolution and expansion of projects, developing our capability to minimize costs, nurture educational expertise and standardize our tools and procedures.
- <em>Refine our model in new projects.</em> We are now moving from a direct operational role to a role of integrator, with a strong involvement of major local universities and corporate partners.