Project Bella is a skill training partnership between K2 Intelligence and Jesus and Mary School (JMS) in Accra, Ghana. Its mission is to provide free IT, business skills, and computer coding programs designed to equip young adults and other unemployed individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 with the practical know-how in order to apply (and be eligible) for jobs and/or the means to foster entrepreneurship.
K2 Intelligence and JMS: Joining Forces to Teach Workplace Skills
K2 Intelligence’s involvement with Project Bella began in 2015 when the K2 Intelligence London team repurposed the office’s former computer equipment and shipped it to JMS in Ghana, where it was used to create a computer laboratory. Today Project Bella runs three-month intakes, some with as many as 60 pupils, consisting of three simultaneous components: Basic Business Skills, Basic IT Skills, and (new in 2018) Coding. Since its inception, Project Bella has trained 180 people, with nearly 110 graduates; approximately 20 have gained employment and many more have launched their own businesses.
Project Bella Becomes a Registered Charity
In November 2017, Project Bella became the Bella Teaching Foundation, a UK Registered Charity Incorporation Organisation (CIO) – 1175778 official registered charity. With ongoing support from friends and clients, K2 Intelligence continues to donate funds, professional time, and other resources.
What’s the Latest with Project Bella?
Project Bella recently completed Intake 4; its participants graduated on 12 June 2018. For this module, applicant interviews were conducted, and eight people were selected for a pilot intake focused on coding. Teachers for this course were trained in a variety of coding languages and programming techniques by an expert, paid for by the Bella Teaching Foundation and K2 Intelligence. This “train the trainer” approach is an element of the program that helps make its operations sustainable. We are anticipating that Intake 5 will begin in September 2018; so far 40 participants have enrolled.
More information on Project Bella can be found at Bella Teaching.