In Turkey, the Vodafone Turkey Foundation launched its Coding Tomorrow project in 2016 with the aim of tackling the digital divide by providing children aged 7–14 with free training in coding and robotics, along with other essential skills for future employment.
Run in partnership with the Habitat Foundation, the project focuses on helping children gain new digital skills and become active producers of technology rather than just being passive consumers of it. In addition, besides building coding capabilities, participants also develop skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity and algorithmic thinking.
Scratch, the free programming language developed for children by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is used in the training. Children learn how to use Scratch to help them think creatively and design their own interactive stories, games and creations. They are also provided with introductory training on robotics programmes and learn the basics of electronics and circuit systems.
To expand the reach of the project to more remote rural areas, Vodafone Turkey Foundation delivers some of the training using a specially customised truck, which travelled over 6,000 km in 2018. Since the launch of the project in 2016, more than 43,400 children across 60 cities have participated, including 30,992 during the last year.