Generation NOW: Croatian Telecom Invests in Education for Future Jobs

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 22nd of September, 2020, this year, Croatian Telecom/Hrvatski Telekom has been providing financial support to educational institutions and donating equipment for the development of creative STEM projects, and the Institute for Youth Development and Innovation has been provided with comprehensive professional support. Meet Generation NOW.

Croatian Telecom is continuing to invest in future STEM experts and recently opened applications for the new Generation NOW donation tender. Through this year’s donation tender, the company is investing 700,000 kuna in the development of the STEM area in the Republic of Croatia and continuing on with its successful cooperation with its long-term partner, the Institute for Youth Development and Innovation (IRIM).

The tender runs from September the 22nd to October the 5th, 2020, and all educational institutions and non-profit institutions that promote the STEM field can apply through the online form. The selected institutions will have the support of IRIM experts for the entire duration of the programme, while Croatian Telecom will donate the most modern equipment for creating creative Internet of Things projects, free internet access with free data traffic and a financial donation.

“The acquisition of new skills not only encourages personal and professional growth but also makes progress possible. By acting in the present and empowering our children, through Generation NOW, together we create a better tomorrow. I’m extremely proud that Croatian Telecom has invested more than four million kuna into STEM education over the last four years, but we’re primarily proud of the fact that we encourage the development of STEM competencies in Croatia from an early age and help children and young people build a better future for themselves personally and for society as a whole. Thanks to this, more than 300 educational institutions participate in our programme, and more than 2,200 creative, dedicated and knowledge-seeking young minds are one step closer to realising their dreams and their full potential. Although this is a very challenging year for all of us, right now it is even more important to support and involve young people in areas that will open up countless opportunities for them,” said Kostas Nebis, President of Croatian Telecom on the occasion of another major investment in STEM education.

Generation NOW is being implemented with the aim of providing the most modern forms of education to young people so that they, with the help of the latest technology, develop their creativity and innovation, and this year it is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Education. The novelty of this year’s programme is IRIM’s interactive educational web portal Izradi! where a free course on Arduino is available to everyone, an extremely important technology for the STEM area that will be used in education. The Generation NOW programme will be held again this year, if the epidemiological situation allows for it, in the premises of selected institutions throughout Croatia, and interactive materials will additionally help programme participants in acquiring knowledge and creating their own projects. As the entire educational programme is online, it will be available to all other institutions, but also to individuals interested in improving their own STEM knowledge and skills.

On the occasion of the opening of the fifth Generation NOW donation competition, Paolo Zenzerovic, IRIM Business Manager, stated: ”This year, the Institute for Youth Development and Innovation is continuing its successful long-term cooperation with Croatian Telecom by including 50 new institutions and supporting previously involved institutions. Through this project, we’re educating mentors in primary and secondary schools and associations for the use of Arduino – the world’s most famous platform for the implementation of do-it-yourself projects in the field of electronics, automation, robotics and engineering in general. Together with their mentors, students create their own projects while developing competencies in the field of STEM and other digital skills needed to work and live in today’s digital world,” he concluded.

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