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THE CSOD - OUR MISSION

At the Caribbean School of Data, our mission is to develop a comprehensive and sustainable ‘digital literacy/ data skills’ programme that will facilitate greater awareness, attitudes, competencies and capacities to build a stronger data culture across the Caribbean.

THE CSOD PARTNERS IN "AYITIC GOES GLOBAL"

The genesis of the Caribbean School Of Data was ‘AYITIC GOES GLOBAL’: a collaborative initiative in Haiti that set out to build digital capacities in the field of Information Technology among young women as a means to increase their access to employment in online job markets.

A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL OF DATA NETWORK

The Caribbean School of Data is a member of the School of Data– a vibrant network of data literacy practitioners, comprising organisations and individuals across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

SCALING DIGITAL CAPACITY BUILDING

The Caribbean School Of Data scale-Up project, funded by Google.org will train 1,500 marginalized youth in (7) countries across the Caribbean in digital and data literacy, and basic to advanced data management skills; geared towards creating a range of employment opportunities.

A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

The CSOD online virtual community of trainees, alumni, mentors and prospective employers is designed to maximise the value and earning potential of the CSOD’s data and digital literacy skills training programme.

A real opportunity for change

GET NEW SKILLS

The CSOD provides the opportunity to acquire new digital and data skills, essential for the emerging digital economy and today’s workplace, at no cost but your time, desire and will to change. Prepare for your future.

LEARN ANYWHERE

ALL our courses are mobile-enabled, no matter what device you have and wherever you are, we are there with you. Helping you learn!

STUDY AT YOUR PACE

Modular courses deliver progressive learning in increments. Flexible enough to fit your schedule, so you can move ahead as quickly as you like, or catch up when you need to.

BE JOB READY

With CSOD courses and our network of mentors and employers across the Caribbean, all you need is the right attitude and a passion for learning.

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’ programme aimed at underserved populations within the Caribbean, with the goal of building a stronger data culture and creating essential employment skills for the emerging digital economy. CSOD’s pedagogical strategies, training delivery model and base digital literacy curriculum, were developed during the AYITIC Goes Global (AGG) project in Haiti, to address the challenges of scalable digital skills training in resource-constrained environments. 

AYITIC Goes Global (AGG) was an initiative in Haiti that encourages women’s involvement in technology and promotes the development of employment opportunities in digital markets.

WHO IS THE CSOD?

The CSOD comprises 4 types of organizations: Funding Partners, Implementation Partners, Training Partners and Employment Partners. Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is the principal funding partner for the CSOD through the TIDES Foundation. 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. It functions as a regional hub for the Caribbean within the global Open Data for Development (OD4D) network; with the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and Slashroots Foundation (SRFDN) being the principal COI partners implementing the CSOD. The SlashRoots Foundation currently acts as the Grant Manager for the CSOD, while MSBM fulfils the role of Lead Implementation Partner.

WHY WE EXIST

With digital 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; 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. The CSOD believes in alleviating data poverty across the region and seeks to impact at least 1,500 young men and women, aged 16-30 in seven Caribbean countries.

GET INVOLVED

Interested in participating in the CSOD? There are multiple ways to get involved with the innovative training programmes.

Prospective Students can apply directly through our website 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 programme.

Prospective Professional Partners are welcome to bring their expertise and networks to bear on the experiences of our students via our Mentorship programme.

Prospective Private Sector partners can assist by providing job opportunities and internships, while  also aligning the CSOD objectives with their corporate social responsibility agenda through funding, mentorship and other forms of support for the youth participants. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

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Partner Opportunities

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 Programmes.

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

Join the Employer's Network

We are building a vibrant virtual online community where businesses and individual professionals can participate through sponsorship, mentorship, internships, employment and other forms of support for the youth participants. If you want to make a difference, join us now.