Coding with EMPACT: Tech training is empowering Syrian refugees and youth in Turkey

The first cohort of EMPACT students in Turkey took part in two entirely virtual coding bootcamps in October and November 2020.

“EMPACT is part of WFP’s broader livelihoods support programme in Turkey which aims to empower young people between 18 and 35 years old — helping them move from beneficiaries of food assistance to skilled professionals who own their future.”

— Selin Altunkaynak Vodina, Programme Associate at WFP Turkey.

Turkey had a greater influx of people fleeing conflict than any other country and hosts more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees. Photo: WFP/Deniz Akkus.

“This year is special for EMPACT. The curriculum intended for in-person classes was almost entirely redesigned to be held in the form of interactive online sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had to ensure that participants had computers and stable internet to follow the classes.”

— Elisa Molena, EMPACT Project Manager.

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