DirectEd Development Foundation (DirectEd) is a not-for-profit organisation delivering evidence-based, highly scalable and cost-effective training in coding and entrepreneurship to high-potential students right after secondary school around the world, starting in Kenya and Ethiopia.We give students all the soft -and hard skills they need to succeed as remote software engineers through our 3-part programme that starts with a mobile-phone online course and ends with a paid internship with a Western tech startup.
We are creating a impact pipeline with three steps.
Intro Course: an accessible 1-week-long remote course in Python, requiring only a mobile phone.
Internship: during this 6-month-long segment, students build products for a tech company, specialise and receive entrepreneurship training.
We incorporate a range of evidence-backed elements from the behavioural research into our programme: growth mindset training, conditional and unconditional cash transfers, project-based learning and more.
After just 18 months of operations in Kenya and Ethiopia...
- 150+ students trained in basic coding through our intro course
- 40 students trained in our full-stack web development training
- 9x higher completion rate than typical online coding courses
- 50% of graduates in paid remote internships with Western tech firms within one month of graduation
1. Introductory Coding Course
We partner with top high schools in Kenya and Ethiopia. We then offer these students a free 1-week mobile phone-based remote coding course developed by us based in Harvard's CS50 Introduction to programming with Python.
To enable students who did well in the Introductory Course but who do not have a laptop and other resources needed to effectively participate in bootcamp, we run crowdfunding campaigns to finance Access Scholarships for these students.
Donations are made into Pools which can be earmarked for particular causes: alumni of a high school, gender or some other criteria. Access Scholarships are milestone-based meaning that they have to pass the monthly exams to continue to receive this support.
Upon successfully completing our rigorous coding bootcamp, graduates interview for internships with our tech internship partners.
Stipends to support students through the internship
Specialization and advanced training
Tech entrepreneurship training
Once our students find employment as remote software engineers, we ask students to contribute part of their salary back to the same pool that financed their training, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of funding for future scholars.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I join the bootcamp?
A. At this point, only students from our partner schools receive invitations to join our program. Use the contact form below if you would like to help us partner with your high school.Q. How can I apply for the scholarship?
A. Students from partner schools who have been admitted to the BootCamp are eligible to submit a scholarship application. We share the application form to those eligible.Q. Where is the program taking place?
A. Our program is fully virtual with the exception of three in-person meet-ups during the BootCamp.Q. How is the program taught?
A. We use the best available freely available open-source content that exists online. In addition, we've developed written course material and rigorous examination exercises. Students have quizzes every week and oral exams every 2 weeks. Tools students will familiarise themselves with as part of the training include Zoom, Notion, Google Classroom, Piazza, GitHub and Google Sheets.Q. Can we pay to enter the program?
A. You cannot be admitted by paying tuition, even if you are a student from our partner school. All students are admitted based on merit and we currently do not charge any tuition fee.
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