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Sweden has signed a cooperation agreement with a Swedish-Ukrainian non-profit organization, Beetroot Academy, for a three-year program, aimed at expanding IT education in Ukraine.

"Through this support, Sweden aims to help the development of highly relevant and much-needed skills," the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine said in a statement.

Under this cooperation, Beetroot Academy will be able to double the current number of IT schools, to a total of 20 locations across the country, as well as to develop new technical and soft skills IT courses.

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Many of these schools will open in small towns, also in the east of Ukraine, which will help to enhance economic potential and competitiveness of the small municipalities in Ukraine, the Embassy said.

This partnership will provide education to thousands of Ukrainians every year and unlock new opportunities for them to succeed in the Ukrainian IT sector, the Embassy said.

Beetroot Academy is a non-profit social organization in professional education, founded in 2014, which provides cutting-edge IT education based on the real needs of the IT market, taught by teachers from local IT partner companies. Now, Beetroot Academy offers six IT courses across 10 different locations in Ukraine, from Mariupol in the east to Ivano-Frankivsk in the west. The courses apply blended learning methodology and include professional English language courses as well as career counseling.

According to the Embassy, support to Beetroot Academy is a part of the larger support package which Sweden provides to Ukraine. Swedish support focuses on improving the regulatory environment for small and medium companies, banking sector reform, innovation, and entrepreneurship.