Evaluative research in Nigeria
|As researcher for||Butterfly Works|
|About||digital design, employment, youth|
|Methods||observation, descriptive data analysis|
Bits Academy is a network of digital design schools across Africa and South Asia. Bits schools train ambitious youth from underprivileged backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines; from programming to visual design, brand development, photography and video making. Butterfly Works helped co-found 9 schools. Throughout the years, Bits schools have together trained over 9,000 young people (45% girls). More than 80% gained employment or started a business themselves. For one of the newest school, EkoBits in Nigeria, I conducted research to evaluate progress and identify needs. I analysed data from the school’s student tracking system, and conducted a visit to observe classes and talk to students and trainers.