Escaping The Streets Through Technology
One night, Ucay met the owner of a food stall who advised him that he wouldn't get a decent job without an education certificate, and told him about a program called ConnectEd that would help him earn one for free.
ConnectEd, a World Education project and the signature program of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, is a three-year global initiative that addresses the factors limiting the work and life options of disadvantaged youth. The program serves 14,600 young people from marginalized communities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia.
Since joining ConnectEd, Ucay has shown a particular interest in multimedia classes. He hopes that by learning computer and multimedia programs, he will be able to combine his passion for music and multimedia to create songs. His talent has landed him a job as an event organizer for ConnectEd partner YABIM, where he has had several jobs shooting and producing film.
Now 15 years old, Ucay's goal is to continue his studies at Universitas Indonesia. His new computer skills and the structure he received through ConnectEd's training increase his chances of finding long-term employment that pays a livable wage.
|Related Project: ConnectEd (2011-2015)|