In autumn 2016, we supported the publication of a fab children's book that aids their development called "Hello, Ruby! Programming adventures" and since 2015, we have also sponsored the activity of Lotte Gadgetville, since interest in innovation sparks from tiny inventions.
Starting from September 2016, we invite schools, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Informatics Teachers' Union, to participate in the project "Smart lessons at every school!" as part of the Estonia 100 initiative. Schools are encouraged to use digital equipment and share information on how digital tools help to teach or learn. Already over the first few months, 70 different schools and educational institutions have joined the initiative, contributing altogether 245 posts introducing their smart lessons and smart teachers. This exciting initiative is something to tell your children's school about so that they could participate as well.
For an extensive period of time, we have been collaborating with universities, helping to create lecture courses and open specialized laboratories (e.g., app-testing lab at Mektory and the IoT lab opened in cooperation with the University of Tartu), and we will continue supporting excellent ICT students with scholarships.
To help children feel safe and secure, we will make a donation to the Estonian Union for Child Welfare instead of making regular Christmas presents in 2016. We will help them ensure that while being online, children would only ever have positive words and encouragement for each other.