January 22, 2018
The Learning Partnership is proud to receive funding from the Government of Canada’s CanCode program, which aims to invest in support of initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
The generous funds received through the CanCode program will enable The Learning Partnership to expand its Coding Quest program – Canada’s largest classroom-based coding program available to publicly-funded schools in English and French.
As the workforce becomes increasingly more technology-driven, coding and digital literacy are seen as essential skills for future jobs, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Government of Canada recognizes this need, and is investing in the development of key digital skills to support youth across Canada.
“Coding is the next big job,” says The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Industries ranging from automotive and agri-food to the life sciences and clean technology need coders, given their increasingly digital nature. That’s why our government is equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. By teaching kids to code today, we’re positioning Canada for future success across all industries and sectors.”
The Learning Partnership’s Coding Quest program is one of many resources exposing students to coding. Developed by The Learning Partnership, this free experiential learning program challenges thousands of Grade 4-6 students across Canada to develop and code their own video games from within their schools and classrooms.
Coding Quest engages students by following an inquiry-based learning model through a flexible curriculum framework tailored to teachers’ preferences and levels of expertise. Teachers are trained to apply coding to a range of subject areas, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, language arts, visual arts and social studies, helping students to gain fundamental skills. The program culminates in an Arcade event, where students showcase their creations.
“The Learning Partnership is honoured to be a funding recipient of the CanCode program and we thank Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for their support in our work to help nurture coding and digital skills among Canadian youth that will prepare them for future success,” says Ron Canuel, President & CEO of The Learning Partnership. “We are excited to be able to offer Coding Quest to thousands more students over the next two years and look forward to seeing students from across the country benefit from our program, as they discover new ways to think about the world.”
The full announcement about the CanCode program can be found here.