Vodafone Brought “Coding Training” To The Villages And Small Towns In Sivas.

Within the scope of the ”Coding Tomorrow” project, carried out with the cooperation of Habitat Association with the aim of training a digital-future-ready generation, Vodafone Turkey Foundation, gave coding training to children in the villages and small towns in Sivas, in the care of Provincial Directorate of National Education of Sivas and the Municipality. With the education programs provided in the education truck, 250 children from Sivas, aged between 7 and 14 were given coding training.  

With the goal of pioneering the social change and development, Vodafone Turkey Foundation gave coding trainings in the villages and the small towns in Sivas, within the scope of the “Coding Tomorrow” project carried out with the cooperation of Habitat Association with the aim of training a digital-future-ready generation.  With the help of the Provincial Directorate of National Education of Sivas and the Municipality, 250 children between the ages of 7 and 14 in Sivas were given coding training, which is the language of the technology, by the programs conducted in the education truck. Children in Sivas had an idea about programming and they made an effort to bring out their creativity.

Vodafone Turkey Foundation Chairman Hasan Süel noted that they wanted a generation that does not consume but produce technology, and he continued: 

With our ‘Coding Tomorrow’ project, we aim to encourage our children in coding and make them technology producers of tomorrow. According to the results of the first year of our project, we observed that our children gained important and positive changes. The percentage of children who say ‘I can play my own game with Scratch’ has increased by 31 percent. We noticed 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 education 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 are on our way to the villages and small towns with our truck.”

The Head of Habitat Association Sezai Hazır stated:

“As Habitat Association, we have been carrying out activities in the development areas of social transformation and information for 20 years. We are a non-governmental organization working in the field of sustainable development. 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. With our Coding Tomorrow Education Truck, 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 reached

Children between 7-14 are given coding training all across Turkey with the “Coding Tomorrow” project that Vodafone Turkey Foundation carries out in cooperation with Habitat Association to raise children’s awareness about coding. More than 12.000 children in 30 provinces are reached from August 2016. Within the scope of the “Coding Tomorrow” project, which is celebrating its third year, 20 thousand more children will be given coding training. Thus, more than 30,000 children from 60 provinces will be introduced with coding by the end of April 2019.

The Education Truck will reach 2.500 children in 7 months

Coding Tomorrow Education Truck, which is set up by Vodafone Turkey Foundation in order to bring coding training to all over the country, will cover over 6 km and reach 2.500 children in 12 provinces in about 7 months. On the Coding Tomorrow Education Truck, which goes to villages and small towns as well as city centers, children are given 2 separate 4-hour Scratch trainings every day for 1 week long.

MIT’s 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. 

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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