Asociatia Techsoup (ATSRO) is a capacity-building nonprofit organisation that provides technology resources and inspiration to nonprofits, educators and youth; the only organization in Romania to have received the Digital Skills in Education Award from the European Commission (in the EC’s 2017 Digital Skills Awards).
We are capacity builders and teacher trainers, providing technology, as well as digital and Computer Science knowledge resources, to empower NGOs, educators and youth to achieve their maximum potential and participate fully to the digital transformation of our society.
We believe technology can contribute to fostering a more educated, open and democratic Romania, therefore we work to make it accessible, understandable and familiar to changemakers in our society.
Asociația Techsoup runs multi-annual strategic programs in the areas of digital skills and competences, digital readiness and inclusion, applied informatics and the pedagogy of Applied Computer Science and of online learning, for both civil society and educators in the public-school system.
ASOCIAȚIA TECHSOUP’S PROGRAMS FOR NGOS:
- Through our TechSoup Program we support NGOs to access software, hardware and various cloud services in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Asociatia Techsoup serves a growing community of over 3,500 NGOs in Romania.
- Under our ONG Online, the Digital School for NGOs initiative, we train NGOs employees and volunteers each year, equipping them with digital skills and better understanding of how technology can enhance their work.
- Through a partnership with TechSoup Global, Bitdefender has become the first Romanian corporate donor to operate globally, offering its cybersecurity solutions to civil society organizations anywhere in the world.
ASOCIAȚIA TECHSOUP’S PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS:
We work with and for educators, in innovative online pedagogy and Applied Computer Science programs that cover the full K-12 spectrum. We were in the frontline of supporting teachers during the schools closure due to Covid-19 in Romania.
Predau Viitor (Teaching the Future): a transformative professional program for Computer Science teachers, that connects them with innovative methods and content to teach a trans-disciplinary Applied Computer Science and with the dynamic Romanian IT industry.
Îndreptar Digital (Digital Handbook): the biggest digital literacy and digital pedagogy program to train in-service and pre-service primary school teachers in Romania, implemented with support from Google.org. Reaching over 7,000 teachers in rural and small urban areas, the program supports teachers to integrate freely available digital resources into their day-to-day classroom work.
Scoala pe Net (School on the Internet): our support program for teachers and schools during the Covid-19 schools closure, created in March 2020 together with 3 other NGO partners (Centrul de Resurse in Comunicare, Teach for Romania, Seeding Knowledge Foundation). Our technical and pedagogical support, webinars and online conferences have reached more than 5000 teachers, with 72% from rural and small urban areas. The initiative has been included by the European Commission – Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in its list featuring good practices supporting teachers during Covid-19.
Asociatia Techsoup also runs Meet and Code in Romania, under a broader partnership between SAP and the TechSoup Europe Network, supported by the European Commission under its Europe Code Week initiative.