Junior Achievement Americas and IBM launch Start Up Challenge 2020 to train students in technologies such as blockchain

Junior Achievement Americas and IBM announced a new collaboration that will train 5,000 students from ten Latin American countries in disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and the Cloud, as well as in Design Thinking, Canvas, Agile Methodologies, Storytelling and IBM Cloud content, through the Open P-TECH platform – IBM’s free digital education platform focused on workplace learning and digital skills. This was reported by IBM to Cointelegraph en Español, through a press release.

The program will train students from 58 educational institutions in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. In addition, the initiative will also train 200 educators to prepare them for the classrooms of the future

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„According to UNESCO, more than 146 million students in Latin America continue to be affected by the interruption of classes due to COVID-19, which further increases the gap in the development of skills focused on the current and future needs of the labor market,“ the statement said.

In this context, Ana Paula Assis, general manager of IBM Latin America, said:

„This collaboration between Junior Achievement and IBM seeks to empower teachers and train young students in disruptive technologies that have become an increasingly important part of our daily lives. We want young people to begin to engage in the world of technology at an earlier age and help them develop the skills they will need to be part of the workforce of the future.

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Stages of the program
The program will have two phases. In the first phase IBM will work with Junior Achievement to provide expertise and consulting solutions designed to support and empower teachers, professors and educators in all 58 schools, in: Design Thinking, Agile, Cloud, Storytelling and Canvas; allowing around 200 teachers to continue developing their Ethereum Code technological skills, to be even more prepared for the classroom of the future.

In the second phase, the Startup Challenge 2020 will train the more than 5,000 students who are part of Junior Achievement in the region, where volunteers from IBM and Junior Achievement will work together with previously trained teachers to provide students with content and knowledge that are highly demanded in the digital economy, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and Cloud, through digital workshops and the Open P-TECH platform.

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Leo Martellotto, President of JA Americas, said:

„In an unprecedented context such as the one that education is going through in our region due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80% of schools closed, initiatives such as the Start Up Challenge only reaffirm the importance of educating our youth in disruptive technologies and life skills, in order to develop in a world that has accelerated all its processes of change. We are proud that IBM is renewing its commitment to JA Americas and to thousands of young people who will acquire key tools for the new labor market, but even more so because this type of alliance allows us to reach young people where they are, in their own homes and communities, helping to ensure that they do not have to go out to seek knowledge elsewhere.