Kinia (formerly Camara Ireland Education) is a social enterprise and charity that empowers creativity with technology in order to broaden skills, aspiration and opportunities for young people
ESB has supported Kinia since 2014, helping to drive the growth and scale of the TechSpace STEAM programme across Ireland. Since then Kinia has trained over 900 educators across the formal and informal education sector in creative technology professional development, enabling them to support young people to gain invaluable skills across STEAM, Creative Computing and Digital Media. Read more about the impact of ESB’s support for Kinia here.
12-year-old Shaun Samra, from Finglas, Co Dublin won the ESB TechSpacer of the Month award in June 2020, together with his friends from Finglas Youth Resource Centre afterschool group, for his creative rap “Anxiety”. Shaun wrote the rap about the impact of his anxiety on both him and his family, and with the help of youth worker Mick McCullough, they recorded the rap and produced a video to go with it. Shaun went on to win ESB TechSpacer of the Year at the 2020 ESB Creative TechFest.
Shaun is also the voice behind #FlipTheScript, a rap animation which aims to show how Kinias programmes empowers young people to unlock their passions and potential through the creative use of technology. The creative animation visualises how perceived negatives in teenage behaviours can, with the right tools and support, become positives for young people on their journey in creating their own brighter future.
ESB also supports Creative TechFest, the annual celebration of the creative work of young people throughout the Kinia network, which takes place in October.
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ESB was a key partner in the Tech2Students emergency COVID campaign led by Camara Ireland (now Kinia) and Trinity Access Programme providing both funding, communications campaign support and staff volunteer led logistical support. Between April 2020 and June 2021 the Tech2Students appeal raised over €750,000 and 4,500 devices were donated and distributed to young people in need. Devices were allocated to specific minority groups as outlined in the National Access Plan; students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds (including DEIS schools), travellers, mature students and ethnic minority students (including those in Direct Provision).