UiPath Foundation, a non-governmental organization that supports access to quality education for children from vulnerable communities, announces a new educational program named Own Your Path (in Romanian called Caleidoscop). This program is dedicated to high school students and aims to provide them with a complex educational experience through a digital educational platform specially developed within the program.
High school students enrolled in the program also receive a tablet with internet access and a monthly scholarship to help them continue their education. Starting with the 2022-2023 school year, 800 students have been included in the program – they come from the program’s 82 partner high schools and have been recommended by the 170 partner teachers.
Through Own Your Path, the UiPath Foundation aims to expand the impact of the organization and provide support to as many high school students as possible through the new digital educational platform. The program aligns with the foundation’s strategy to have a long-term impact and is complementary to the Future Acceleration Program, initiated in 2019 and dedicated to children in grades V-VII.
“The launch of Own Your Path is an important step in our mission. We know how important it is to support these 800 high school students in their educational journey by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to reach their maximum potential”, says Raluca Negulescu-Balaci, Executive Director of the UiPath Foundation. “We would not have been able to start the program without the support of the partner high schools and teachers. We are deeply grateful for their involvement and we aim to continue our holistic and sustainable approach with an impact on the entire community – children and young people, parents, high schools and teachers”, adds Raluca Negulescu-Balaci.
The Own Your Path program is present in the cities of Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, as well as in 18 other most vulnerable counties in the country, including Călărași, Buzău, Teleorman, Bacău, Suceava, Olt, Iași and Neamț. Following a questionnaire sent to all partner teachers, 100% of respondents would recommend Own Your Path to other schools. The complete list of partner high schools can be accessed here.
“For us, teachers and students from the Economic College “Ion Ghica” Bacău, the Own Your Path program means continuity. Through this program, we continue to support our students with modest financial means to attend high school classes, as we have done in other projects as well. We have a very good partnership with the UiPath Foundation and we are convinced that, for our students, the educational programs offered by the NGO are valuable and of real use”, declares Prof. Teodora Craus, Principal of the Economic College “Ion Ghica” Bacău.
After officially entering the program, students are given a tablet with internet access and an account is created on the Own Your Path platform. At the moment, students enrolled in the program participate in English language classes provided by teachers from the British Council. In the future, the platform will also offer other educational experiences, such as a digital skills development program and vocational guidance sessions, as well as other asynchronous learning experiences.
To manage the large number of students, Own Your Path uses a chatbot developed by DRUID AI, called Azurel. The chatbot can answer several questions and direct high school students to the support form. Also, the volunteers at UiPath have been an incredibly important resource in the development of the program. The 17 involved volunteers offered technical support and consultations on various topics related to the students’ experience in the digital educational platform. The platform uses automations, also developed by UiPath volunteers, to streamline online student management processes.
Thus, the program gathered several supporters around it, such as DRUID AI, a company that developed a platform for conversational AI and that created the chatbot from the Own Your Path platform pro-bono, and the Didona Foundation, whose mission is to support the improvement of children’s education in Romania and finances the scholarships of 222 high school students for one year.