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News | 25 Jan 2021

Vodafone Foundation in €20m boost for 16 million learners

A major investment in digital skills education is coming to 14 European countries.

Digital skills education in 14 European countries, from Albania to Turkey, will get €20m in funding from the Vodafone Foundation. By working with charities and NGOs [Non-Governmental Organisations], the Vodafone Foundation aims to reach not only children, but also elderly people and those not in education, employment or training.

Spread over five years, the €20m investment will fund local initiatives in Albania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

This includes programmes such as DigiCraft, used by 93,000 unique users in Spain; Coding for Tomorrow, which has reached 119,500 students in Germany; and Online Masters, which has benefited 450,000 young people in the Netherlands.

This multi-million euro investment from the Vodafone Foundation follows Vodafone UK’s own initiatives. These include Code Ready, a digital skills programme for Vodafone UK’s own frontline employees; the Vodafone Digital Degree, created in partnership with the University of Birmingham; and Code Like A Girl, which teaches basic coding skills to teenager girls.

The Vodafone Foundation, a registered charity established in 1991, combines charitable giving and technology to address some of the world’s most pressing problems. Its Instant Network Schools project with UNHCR has benefited 86,500 refugee students so far. The Foundation is expanding Instant Network Schools to reach 500,000 students, with the backing of Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah as ambassador.