Vodafone Will Give Coding Training to 500 Children In Afyonkarahisar With Coding Tomorrow Project.

Initiated in October in Afyonkarahisar within the scope of Coding Tomorrow project, which is implemented by Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association in an effort to raise a generation that is ready for the digital future, the coding training has reached 250 children so far and continues with new training sessions that are held on the occasion of Coding Week.

20 children from Afyonkarahisar between the ages of 7-14 were introduced to programming and engaged in creative activities in the training sessions, in which the Minister of Forest and Water Management Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu and the Member of Parliament from Afyonkarahisar Ali Özkaya have participated.

The aim of Coding Tomorrow project is to give coding training to 500 children in Afyonkarahisar, and thereby to reach a total number of 1.380 children in Aegean Region, including Afyonkarahisar.

Afyonkarahisar – Operating with the aim of pioneering social change and development, Vodafone Turkey Foundation continues the coding training that was initiated in October in Afyonkarahisar within the scope of “Coding Tomorrow project, which is carried out in cooperation with Habitat Association with an effort to raise a generation that is ready for the digital future. 20 children between the ages of 7-14 have been trained in coding on the occasion of the Coding Week that has been celebrated across Turkey. Children from Afyonkarahisar were introduced to programming and engaged in creative activities in the event with the participation of the Minister of Forest and Water Management Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu and the Member of Parliament from Afyonkarahisar Ali Özkaya.

“Coding Tomorrow” project has reached 250 children in Afyonkarahisar so far. The project’s aim is to give coding training to 500 children with 5 instructors in 5 months in primary and secondary schools, and in the Provincial Directorate for National Education, thereby to reach a total number of 1.380 children in Aegean Region, including Afyonkarahisar.

In the meeting held in Afyonkarahisar within the scope of “Coding Tomorrow” project, the Minister of Forest and Water Management Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu said:

“I thank both Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Habitat Association. Vodafone has a significant place among the foreign investments in our country. Furthermore, it is valuable that they have established a foundation. Foundations are an important part of our culture. In this respect, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Vodafone Turkey Foundation. It is valuable to establish such a foundation and to show such an effort in the field of technology. Technology is of utmost importance. As a country, we must set our aims high. We have a very important asset: our young population. We must raise our children in accordance with the requirements of the future, one of which is coding. I congratulate Vodafone for their significant operation in education. Young people in our country must create technology. We must be able to code everything on our own. We must have a command of software. We are in great need of software developers. It is very beneficial to teach coding to children between the ages of 7-14. When you teach children how to code, they can easily learn robotics and other technologies. Therefore, this is a very important and rewarding project. We appreciate that Afyonkarahisar is one of the chosen provinces.”

Governor of Afyonkarahisar Mustafa Tutulmaz, stated:

“Digitization is a part of our lives as a result of the times we live in. We have started to see it in every aspect of our society. We will see digital environments in every area of our lives in the long view. A significant percentage of production is made in digital environments. We must raise a generation that can begin dreaming at a young age, and cultivate a productive society. This decision of Vodafone is valuable for both our country, and our province. Our province has a young population. We have 200.000 students: 135.000 of them are in formal education, around 15.000 are in non-formal education, and 20.000 of them are university students. We have around 10.000 educators. Our province has a chance to gain acceleration in education by spreading coding training. The number is around 500 for now, but we shall spread this training to all young people if possible, so that their imaginations expand at a young age and they can develop creative products.”

The President of Vodafone Turkey Foundation, Dr. Hasan Süel reminded that, as Vodafone Turkey Foundation, they have left 10 years behind, and said:

“Coding training for children constitute a significant portion of our recent social investments. We aim to raise a generation that not only uses technology, but also creates it, and we have come a long way in one year thanks to ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project. Our project is featured in Vodafone’s ‘Connected Education’ report as an example to the whole world, and became a source of pride for us. We have taught more than 6.000 children coding in 22 provinces. Our aim is to reach 10.000 children in 30 provinces by the end of the 2017-18 financial year. With the occasion of Coding Week that is celebrated all across Turkey, we are once again happy to be in Afyonkarahisar, the busiest intersection in our country after İstanbul and the capital of thermal waters. Since October, we have introduced 250 children from Afyonkarahisar to the language of digital world, coding. In the next 5 months, we aim to reach 500 children in this province through the training that we will carry out with 5 instructors. We will reach a total number of 1.380 children in Aegean Region, including Afyonkarahisar. Our total aim for this region is 2.000 children. We believe that the children who have joined and will join to our ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project from Afyonkarahisar will have a pioneering role in our country’s digital future.”

The President of Habitat Association, Sezai Hazır noted:

“We have been carrying out projects in the areas of social transformation and information-based development for 20 years. We want to achieve our information-based transformation through children with ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project that we carry out in cooperation with Vodafone Turkey Foundation. Afyonkarahisar has an important place in our ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project. We gave training to adults in Internet literacy and financial literacy, along with coding, in Afyonkarahisar in the past years. It created a great social impact that our volunteers had gone to villages to give the training. We are increasing our training programs with the contributions of Afyonkarahisar Governorship, Afyonkarahisar Municipality and Afyonkarahisar’s Provincial Directorate for National Education. We form a cooperation with public institutions and local governments. Seeing how determined children are during the training sessions, and how they want to continue coding after the training boosts our motivation in the project.”

10.000 children in 30 provinces will be reached

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 6.000 children have received coding training in 22 provinces so far, and the project aims to reach 10.000 children in 30 provinces by April 2018. In February, Syrian children have been included in the project, and nearly 750 Syrian children have been reached in Şanlıurfa, İstanbul and Kilis.

The provinces that will host the project’s coding training sessions until March 2018 are as follows: İstanbul, Balıkesir, Kocaeli, Edirne, Bursa, Manisa, Afyon, Denizli, İzmir, Aydın, Antalya, Mersin, Adana, Samsun, Trabzon, Malatya, Rize, Şanlıurfa, Siirt, Mardin, Gaziantep, Kars, Erzurum, Elazığ, Erzincan, Ankara, Kayseri, Konya, Eskişehir, Sivas.

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, the best technical university in the world, the basic coding program Scratch is being used in the training sessions. Furthermore, there will be Arduino training for coding Internet of Things (IoT) apps. Arduino shortens the distance between children’s dreams and reality by shedding light on the interiors of electronic devices that are thought to be an unknown black box. As a user-friendly, open source hardware that is designed for people with no technical expertise, Arduino allows children to build their own thermometers or remote control cars. A national camp will be held following the Arduino training, and successful students will be introduced to major coding platforms abroad.

Coding Tomorrow has 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 was announced in London in June, and presented the initiatives led by Vodafone in an effort to facilitate digitization in education across the world. The report 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.

Coding is spreading

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. Therefore, children are taught coding, just as they are taught math. Coding is in the primary school curricula in a lot of EU countries. Turkey also plans to include coding into curriculum from the 1st grade to the 12th.

Coding for everyone

Believing that coding incites innovative thinking and entrepreneurship, the global code.com initiative carries out various activities, including Coding Hour, in order to invite and encourage everyone to write codes. Coding Hour activities stand out as a global movement that has reached tens of millions of students in over 180 countries so far. Anyone can organize a Coding Hour activity in any place in the world. The one-hour lectures on the website have been translated in more than 30 languages for anyone between the ages of 4 to 104.

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