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Education: Increasing Technology Education Opportunities

WHEREAS according to the ICTC, “If Canada does not address the skills gap, it could cost
the economy billions in lost productivity, tax revenues, and gross domestic product”; 1

WHEREAS according to Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder of Code Club, a non-profit focused
on computer programming education and “generously supported” by donors like
Microsoft, “There is a massive difference between consuming (computer) content and
being able to create it.” And: “In the first session of Code Club the children make their
own computer game”; 2

BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Canada put together a collaborative effort
between the Provincial Governments, Federal Government, Hi-Tech Industry and non-
profits such as Code.org to build a world class educational pipeline to Canada’s hi-tech
industry;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the pipeline be in two phases:

1) A basic hi-tech class which would include all students, emphasize a hands-on
approach and expose all students to the possibility of a hi-tech career;
2) Elective advanced hi-tech classes which would prepare students to find a job in areas
of Canada’s hi-tech industry with the greatest demand;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada supplement Canada’s
existing primary and secondary education, polytechnics and adult education with hi-tech
coursework along the lines of Code.org, training teachers and hiring hi-tech experts to
provide on-line help;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada fund incentives to attend
these classes in the form of hi-tech science fairs, where experts would be available to the
students and teachers for on-line help, and the Government would fund substantial monetary
prizes.

 

VICTORIA

Contact: Al Donnell
rockville1944@gmail.com

 


1 “Canada’s First National Digital Strategy,” ICTC, March 10, 2016
2 “Teach Kids to Code and You Give Them a Skill for Life,” Forbes, Dec. 27, 2013

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