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Kyivstar invests in IT training for children who lost their parents during war

Kyivstar, a leading mobile operator in Ukraine, is investing UAH 5.8 million in an educational initiative to help children who lost one or both parents during the war. The project aims to provide IT education and the necessary technical devices for more than 340 boys and girls in high school.
The mobile operator is joining forces with GoITeens, an online IT academy for children and teenagers, and, a charity platform, to launch an educational initiative aimed at supporting high school students who are wards of the Children of Heroes charity foundation, which takes care of more than 7,000 children who lost their parents due to the war.
“The IT industry in Ukraine has demonstrated incredible growth, and we at Kyivstar feel it is our duty to help develop the potential of our children. This is especially important for those who lost their parents during the war. Our investment in education and development of digital infrastructure is a reflection of the company’s social responsibility and contribution to creating a progressive future for Ukraine,” said Oleksandr Komarov, President of Kyivstar.
The GoITeens educational program embodies a project-based approach that will not only allow young people to successfully work as freelancers or in IT companies, but also to found their own technology startups before they start university. Kyivstar, emphasizing the importance of access to modern technologies in the educational process, partially provides children in need with laptops. This allows them not only to actively participate in real projects that meet the requirements of the modern IT market, but also provides them with practical skills and valuable experience that is the foundation for a future career in the industry.
“Our goal to provide quality education requires considerable effort and investment: in teachers, materials, and infrastructure. We are grateful to Kyivstar for supporting this important initiative, as 340 Ukrainian children will receive up-to-date IT education and the opportunity to create their own success story. This is a great contribution to the upbringing of children whose parents were killed by the enemy for our independence,” said Vyacheslav Polinovsky, CEO of GoITeens, an online IT academy for children.

The charity platform has created a project so that anyone who wants to help teenagers get an IT education can join and contribute to their education and the future of Ukraine.
“Educational projects are always in the focus of our platform. Education is the best investment a society can make in its future. Children who lost their parents during the war need deeper care and support. We will never be able to bring back their loved ones, but we can try to prepare them for adulthood, where they will be in demand as specialists,” emphasized Iryna Hutsal, director of the charity platform

Kyivstar together with its partners calls on the community to join the initiative and train more children who lost one or both parents during the war. Our goal is to raise UAH 1.2 million and teach 500 children together.
Let’s teach our children because we live here!

About Kyivstar
Kyivstar is Ukraine’s largest electronic communications operator, serving 24 million mobile subscribers and more than 1.1 million Home Internet subscribers as of September 2023. The company provides services using a wide range of mobile and fixed technologies, including 4G, Big Data, Cloud solutions, cybersecurity services, digital TV, etc. Kyivstar helps subscribers, society and the country to overcome the challenges of wartime. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the company has allocated UAH 1.8 billion to support the Armed Forces, society and subscribers. Kyivstar’s sole shareholder is the international VEON Group. The Group’s shares are listed on NASDAQ (New York) and Euronext (Amsterdam). Kyivstar has been operating in Ukraine for 25 years and is recognized as the largest taxpayer in the telecom market, the best employer and a socially responsible company.

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About GoITeens
GoITeens is an online IT academy for children and teenagers aged 7 to 17. It is a Ukrainian product-based EdTech company that is a part of the EdTech company GoIT. For 8 years of its existence, it has provided additional IT education to more than 50 thousand children and teenagers. It teaches digital professions from Digital Design to Python developers. Winner of the Ukrainian Business Award 2023 in the category of educational services. Author of free patriotic charity marathons. For the project “Building the Ukraine of the Future in Roblox”, she received the X-RAY award in the Metaverse and Artificial Intelligence nomination.


The charity platform is the first Ukrainian platform of kindness, a fundraising platform where you can quickly and efficiently raise funds for charitable and social projects of any kind. The platform is powered by the Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace, a foundation that has raised more than UAH 704,000,000 for charity over 12 years, supported more than 7,800 projects, and won all national awards in the field of charity.

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