With the objective of raising generations who are ready for the digital tomorrow, Vodafone Turkey Foundation organized coding courses in Ordu as part of its “Coding Tomorrow” project which was launched in collaboration with Habitat Association and support of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.
The courses, which Mehmet Hilmi Güler the former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and AKP’s Mayor Candidate for Ordu Metropolitan Municipality and Engin Tekintaş, the current Mayor of Ordu Metropolitan Municipality attended, helped 23 7- to 14-year-old children grasp the general concept of coding and reveal their creativity.
The project “Coding Tomorrow” reached out to nearly 500 children in Ordu and 6,050 children in the Blacksea Region.
Operating with the objective to pioneer social change and development, Vodafone Turkey Foundation continues with its coding courses, which were launched in 2018, in Ordu as part of the project “Coding Tomorrow” organized in collaboration with Habitat Association and support from the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services with the aim of raising generations ready for the digital tomorrow.
During the course held at Ordu Metropolitan Municipality Centre of Vocational and Artistic Training, 23 7- to 14-year-old children were taught the language of technology, coding. The courses, which Mehmet Hilmi Güler the former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and AKP’s Mayor Candidate for Ordu Metropolitan Municipality, Engin Tekintaş, the current Mayor of Ordu Metropolitan Municipality and Hasan Süel the Chairman of Vodafone Turkey Foundation attended, helped children grasp the general concept of coding and helped them reveal their creativity.
Mehmet Hilmi Güler the former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and AKP’s Mayor Candidate for Ordu Metropolitan Municipality said:
“The youth of the Republic of Turkey will be equipped with the latest technology. Therefore, we must conduct programs such as ‘Coding Tomorrow’ both horizontally and vertically. By organizing vertical efforts for our 500 students who were taught coding, we will raise expert children. We are currently training 15 instructors in Ordu. We aim to raise one thousand young men and women capable of coding video games. This is a billion-dollar industry. Ordu will become an exemplary city in this regard. Such projects by Vodafone will make the transition from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 possible. We want to make Ordu a city that ‘thinks, produces and competes.’ Technology is advancing rapidly. Our job is not easy. This is where we raise the generation that codes the future. We will either have or be under control. If we will be under control, we will lead monotonous lives. If you want to avoid that, we need to prioritize R&D. We need to prioritize the coding industry.”
Vodafone Turkey Foundation Chairman Hasan Süel said:
“At Vodafone, we believe that we must support our children’s education for a better future. We want to raise a generation that produces, not one that consumes. In order to produce technology, it is necessary to learn coding, which is accepted as the language of the digital world. With our coding training, our children will have an idea about programming, work to bring out their creativity, create their own imaginary worlds, and they can generate their own games. For them, we are opening the doors of innovative thinking. We have been continuing our project successfully for three years. In this period, we have taught coding to over 40 thousand children. Our project has turned into a call to coding. We are expanding our project throughout Turkey. We are happy to be in Ordu again today. We have provide training nearly 500 children in Ordu so far. We aim to increase that number to 600 by the end of April. We continue our project with excitement as it is first day.”
Engin Tekintaş, the Mayor of Ordu Metropolitan Municipality said:
“Ordu Metropolitan Municipality re-launched the “Coding Tomorrow” project following the advice of Vodafone Turkey Foundation. If we want to be listed among the leaders of the global coding industry, we must raise a new generation with that purpose. With this perspective, organisations have a big role to play. It is particularly important that companies help the new generation have access to information technologies. In this context, Vodafone Turkey Foundation’s collaboration with organisations is of vital importance for us. We are happy to be a part of the efforts to make the best use of an age range (7-14) where teachings are directly coded into the brain. I wish that our youth goes beyond their coding training, produce software and form a structure that will be etched into the knowledge and memory of our country.”
Target: Reaching 43 thousand children
Children between the ages 7 to 14 are given coding training all across Turkey with the “Coding Tomorrow” project. Theoretical and practical training sessions managed by volunteering instructors on the subjects of introduction to programming, app development, stories creation and game development have reached over 41,600 children in 58 provinces so far. By the end of April 2019, coding training will be given to another 2 thousand children. Thus, more than 43 thousand children in 60 cities will become acquainted with coding.
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