Vodafone Brings “Coding Training” to Villages And Small Towns.

THE TRAINING TRUCK TAKES THE ROAD IN THE THIRD YEAR OF “CODING TOMORROW” PROJECT

With the aim of training a digital-future-ready generation, Vodafone Turkey Foundation continues to expand the scope of the ”Coding Tomorrow” project, which is carried out with the cooperation of Habitat Association and the supports of Ministry of Family and Social Policy.

Vodafone Turkey Foundation has reached more than 12 thousand children in 30 provinces since April 2016. In the third year of the project, the foundation aims to reach 20,000 children, including those living in the villages and towns, and to introduce over 30,000 children from 60 provinces with coding by the end of April 2019.

In order to maintain the equality of opportunity in education, Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association organized an Training Truck to take an Anatolian tour to provide this opportunity also for children who suffer reaching coding training and live in disadvantaged areas in terms of socio-economic conditions.

Vodafone Turkey Foundation, which operates with the goal of pioneering the social change and development, continues to develop and disseminate the “Coding Tomorrow” project, carried out with the cooperation of Habitat Association and the support of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, in order to give coding training to children between the ages of 7-14. Vodafone Turkey Foundation has reached more than 12 thousand children in 30 provinces since April 2016. In the third year of the project, the foundation aims to reach 20,000 children, including those living in villages and towns, and introduce over 30,000 children from 60 provinces with coding by the end of April 2019.

In order to maintain the equality of opportunity in education, Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association organized an Training Truck to take an Anatolian tour to provide this opportunity also for children who suffer reaching coding training and live in disadvantaged areas in terms of socio-economic conditions. With Coding Tomorrow Training Truck, it is targeted to give coding training to nearly 5 thousand children in 7 months in 12 provinces including their villages and small towns.

The new term objectives of the “Coding Tomorrow” project were announced at the meeting held at Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center, with the participation of the Minister of Family and Social Policy Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Vodafone Turkey Foundation Chairman Hasan Süel, and the Head of Habitat Association Sezai Hazır. At the end of the meeting, Minister Kaya, who visited the Coding Tomorrow Training Truck, chatted with the children who took coding training.

Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, said:

“We live in an era in which technology has transformed the world into a small village. As a country, it is not possible for us to be indifferent to these developments. Our children should not only consume the technology but also we should make them understand it and bring new approaches. For this reason, I care about the project ‘Coding Tomorrow’. Within the scope of the trainings in the project, I find the main objectives of ‘dreaming, designing, creating and sharing’ very meaningful. This is why these goals are important for our children to grow up as ‘innovative thinkers and technology producers’. According to a survey, at least 10 per cent of the employment in 2023 will be related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, if we do not give momentum to this understanding, it is expected that about 31 percent of this need will not be able to meet. For this reason, I find it extremely important for our children to be interested in these areas and to build their careers in these areas. In this special week we celebrate the April 23 feast that is presented to our children, I thank Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association for this worthwhile project. I wish that the ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project, which we launched with the goal of raising a generation that produces technology, to be beneficial for all of us.”

With the aim of contributing to the digitization of Turkey, Vodafone Turkey Foundation Chairman Hasan Süel mentioned that they were carrying out the “Coding Tomorrow” project with an enthusiasm. He continued:

“We want to see a generation that does not only consume but also produces it. We aim to encourage our children in coding with our ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project and want them be the technology producers of tomorrow. According to the results of the first year of our project, we noticed important and positive changes in our children. The percentage of children who say ‘I can play my own game with Scratch’ has increased by 31 percent. We saw a 35 percent increase in those who say ‘I can write harder and longer programs to solve a software problem’. With these results, we continue to develop and disseminate our project. In order to maintain the equality of opportunity in education, we take the road with an training truck to provide this opportunity also for children who suffer reaching coding training and live in disadvantaged areas in terms of socio-economic conditions. Our goal is to reach as many children as possible. To achieve this, we will go to the villages and small towns with our truck. So far, we have given coding training to more than 12 thousand children in 30 provinces. In the third year of our project, we aim to reach 20 thousand more children. Thus, 30,000 children from 60 provinces will be introduced with coding by the end of April 2019.”

The Head of Habitat Association Sezai Hazır said:

“As Habitat Association, we have been carrying out activities in the development areas of social transformation and information for 20 years. We aimed the youth to play an active role in the sustainable development. Turkey and the world youth organizations have identified as our vision to build a bridge of communication among youth. Our institutional vision is to establish a communication bridge between Turkish and the global youth. In line with this vision, we have developed many projects and programs to improve the capacities of young people and establish international partnerships. With ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project, we want to transform our knowledge-driven transformation through children. Knowing about coding is now as important as literacy. As in all European countries, the biggest obstacle for engaging encoding to Turkish education system is the lack of trained educators to provide this training. In this regard, we train young people within the scope of our project and they deliver it to children. Now, with our training truck, which is about to depart, we are going to reach the children who cannot have such technology training in the disadvantaged regions of our country.”

20 thousand more children will be given coding training

Children between 7-14 are being trained in coding all across Turkey with “Coding Tomorrow” project that Vodafone Turkey Foundation carries out in cooperation with Habitat Association in an effort to raise children’s awareness about coding. More than 12.000 children in 30 provinces are reached, from April 2016. Last year, Syrian children had been included in the project, and nearly 700 Syrian children had been given coding training.

Within the scope of the “Coding Tomorrow” project, which is celebrating its third year, 20 thousand more children will be given coding training. The provinces that will host the project’s coding trainings in the new term are Adıyaman, Amasya, Ardahan, Bolu, Çanakkale, Çorum, Diyarbakır, Edirne, Hatay, Isparta, Kahramanmaraş, Karaman, Kastamonu, Kırklareli, Kırşehir, Kilis, Kütahya, Malatya, Muğla, Muş, Nevşehir, Ordu, Osmaniye, Sakarya, Sinop, Şırnak, Tekirdağ, Tokat, Uşak, and Yozgat. Thus, more than 30,000 children from 60 provinces will be introduced with coding by the end of April 2019.

Training Truck will reach 5 thousand children in 12 provinces

Coding Tomorrow Training Truck, which is prepared by Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association in order to bring coding training to all over the country, will reach 5 thousand children in 12 provinces in about 7 months. Coding Tomorrow Training Truck will go the provinces of Adana, Ankara, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, Erzincan, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Mardin, Ordu, Sivas, and Tekirdağ; including their villages and small towns. On the truck, children will be given 2 separate 4-hour Scratch trainings every day for 1 week long.

Hackathons for children continue

For the new era of the “Coding Tomorrow” project, hackathons for children will continue. One day long hackathons are carried out after coding training. Children in team up and they are offered the opportunity to convert their innovative ideas into codes in a period of time. Nearly 1,218 children attended the hackathons held in 10 cities until now. In the new period, it is aimed to arrange new hackathons in 2 cities and to reach nearly 200 children.

Scratch program is being used

Within the scope of “Coding Tomorrow” project, theoretical and practical training sessions are held by volunteering instructors on the subjects of introduction to programming, app making, creating stories and games. Developed for children by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the best technical university in the world, the basic coding program Scratch is being used in the training.

“Coding Tomorrow” set an example to the world

“Coding Tomorrow” is featured in Vodafone Group’s “Connected Education” report as a success story, and has set an example to the world in digital literacy with its sustainable education model. “Connected Education” report presents the initiatives led by Vodafone in an effort to facilitate digitization in education across the world, and covers 14 different initiatives under 4 main themes, that are “Access to Online Education Platforms/Apps”, “Digital Literacy Education”, “Educating the Educators”, and “Education In Refugee Camps”. With the spread of the digital initiatives that are mentioned in the “Connected Education” report in countries and markets in which Vodafone operates, it will be possible to reach more than 85 million people by the year 2025, and to achieve an annual economic benefit of 7,3 billion dollars.

Future jobs will be based on coding

As the “language” of the digital world, coding improves children’s creativity and teaches them innovative thinking. According to OECD’s last report on digital economy, two out of every three children will have jobs that are unknown to us today. In the future, there will be jobs like robotics veterinary, holoportation expert, ethical hacker, emotion designer, data miner, artificial organ manufacturer, or dream facilitator. These utopian-sounding jobs will have places in corporations in 20 years, and they will all be based on coding.

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