IT Academy STEP Cambodia's dedication to delivering digital skills training for Cambodian students has been highly acknowledged by the international community. With the focus on in-demand skills for the digital economy, following principles of equality and inclusion, IT Academy STEP Cambodia delivers outstanding results with the educational programs. In October 2021, IT Academy STEP Cambodia has received 2 international awards as recognition of the achieved results and applied methodologies, becoming the most awarded educational institution in Cambodia.
Women in IT Asia awarded IT Academy STEP Cambodia as the Education and Training Initiative of the Year for the development and implementation of Sisters of Code, the first female coding club in Cambodia. This initiative is empowering and supporting females in developing careers in technology. It is in response to the low success rates of women in this country as a result of limited success stories, opportunities, societal pressure, and more. The free education program empowers women to build their knowledge, skill set, and confidence to develop careers in tech. Judges felt that the program is both well-designed and inspiring. The commitment and awareness by this group as well as the enrolment numbers and results demonstrate the impact of the program on aspiring female professionals.
The World Bank the Digital SKills Innovation Awards Committee for Southeast Asia has awarded IT Academy STEP Cambodia in the category Women Empowerment as the recognition for the outstanding activities and results achieved in Cambodia in promoting learning programming among female students in Cambodia with the Sisters of Code.
To identify and celebrate existing good practices for teaching digital skills in Southeast Asia, the World Bank hosted a regional competition, inviting the public and private organizations to demonstrate how their programs are helping to address these challenges. Sisters of Code program, implemented by IT Academy STEP Cambodia was recognized as the best solution in the region in the Women's Empowerment category.
The World Bank recognizes the importance of digital skills development for developing economies. While technology is quickly advancing, students and workers are struggling to acquire digital skills that are necessary for success in the labor market. There is a shortage of institutions to teach those skills, and access to such learning may be particularly challenging for certain groups. This results in a growing gap between the digital skills that employers need and the digital skills that workers have. This is why real interventions are required to offer solutions to the growing problem.
The managing director of IT Academy STEP Cambodia, Mrs.RODIONOVA Nataly is saying "IT Academy STEP Cambodia is dedicated to delivering international education and supporting talents development in Cambodia. We are proud to bring the best international practices to teach Cambodian students programming and design skills. We are inspired by our students' achievements and are pleased to follow their success journeys. Getting these international awards for the educational programs we are delivering in Cambodia is a very important recognition and a great motivation for our team."