In 1999, Butterfly Works was founded with the launch of the first Bits School: NairoBits. Owing to the level of success, the concept has been replicated to similar settings in other countries. Together we developed a digital design education franchise model, called the Bits Academy. It has resulted in the launch of many more schools based on the model including in Uganda, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somaliland, Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The Bits Academy Program is a one year hands-on training in the field of ICT and multimedia, where skills in web development, web and graphic design are imparted on the youth. The skills make talented young people capable designers and developers in the vibrant ICT industry in the region of the Bits school. Entrepreneurship training supports them to become freelancers and entrepreneurs in their own right. Additionally, the training is blended with life skills which help the youth deal with the most immediate challenges they face in their lives.
Bits Schools have collectively trained over 9,000 youth and more than 80% of alumni are secured with income generating opportunities straight after successfully going through the programme. This is thanks to our local partners that are directly linked to the youth. Community organisations are responsible for selecting youth who will participate in the trainings. Business partners offer crucial work experience and act as guest speakers.
The training has been honoured and recognised by receiving funding from large organizations such as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Malala Fund, the European Union and Samsung Real Dreams, to name a few.
Our Core Values
We stimulate creativity in students. They are empowered to construct their own identity and go into new directions.
We train real-life skills that are in line with business needs in order for students to gain a better access to the job market and to make a difference for others.
We embrace the latest tools in technology and adapt constantly to the world around us in order to develop a wide range of digital content.