A Real Opportunity for Change
What is the CSOD?
The Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) is an initiative of the Caribbean Open Institute (COI), that seeks to develop a comprehensive and sustainable “digital/data literacy” program aimed at underserved populations within the Caribbean, with the goal of building a stronger data culture across the region, and creating essential employment skills for the emerging digital economy. AYITIC Goes Global (AGG) is an initiative in Haiti that encourages women’s involvement in technology and promotes the development of employment opportunities in digital markets. The CSOD pedagogical strategies, training delivery model and base digital literacy curriculum, were developed during the AGG project in Haiti, to address the challenges of scalable digital skills training in resource-constrained environments.
Who is the CSOD?
The Caribbean Open Institute (COI) is a regional coalition of individuals and organizations that promotes open development approaches to inclusion, participation and innovation within the Caribbean. COI is a regional hub for the Caribbean within the global Open Data for Development (OD4D) network. Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and Slashroots Foundation (SRFDN) are the principal COI partners implementing the CSOD. Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is the principal funding partner for the CSOD. IDRC, the International Development Research Centre is also a principal funding partner for the Caribbean Open Institute, and the coordinator of the global Open Data for Development (OD4D) network. Our learning and perspective across the Caribbean comprise the CSOD's innovative blended learning model.
Why We Exist
Digital is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of interaction for commercial, social and economic activity, resulting in the emergence of what is often described as the Digital economy and Data is the oil that fuels the Digital economy. Digital literacy / Data skills have become an Education imperative and a right, no longer a privilege.
There are multiple ways to get involved with the CSOD's innovative training programs. Prospective students should apply or contact one of our country training partners.If you are enthusiastic about technology and passionate about working with young persons through capacity building and/or mentoring, then consider becoming a Training Facilitator, or sign-up for our Virtual Mentoring program. Prospective Private sector partners can provide job opportunities, but can also align the CSOD objectives with their corporate social responsibility agenda through funding, mentorship and other forms of support for the youth participants. For more information, contact us .
Participate in the CSOD through various opportunities, such as...
Become a Mentor
Are you enthusiastic about technology and passionate about working with Caribbean youth through capacity building and mentoring? Join the CSOD digitally-enabled Mentorship community
Already involved in youth development and capacity-building initiatives? Become a CSOD Training Partner and add our Digital / Data literacy curriculum and innovative blended learning model to your Programs
Join the Employer's Network
We are building a vibrant virtual on-line community where businesses and individual professionals can participate through sponsorship, mentorship, internships, employment and other forms of support for the youth participants