For Immediate Release
GAGETOWN- Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest and Brian Kenny, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, joined students in the Grade 4/5 at Gagetown School who are learning digital skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.
The visit follows the announcement of a $50 million federal program, CanCode, that gives students from kindergarten to opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills. The funding will also provide thousands of Canadian teachers with the tools needed to educate Canadian youth on these skills.
“This investment is great news for students throughout New Brunswick Southwest,” said Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest. “Coding and digital skills are becoming the new ABCs; making digital literacy fundamental to the jobs of the future, particularly in the fields of STEM.”
In New Brunswick, over 55,000 students and 5,000 teachers will benefit from this program. At the Gagetown School, the Coding Quest Program is being delivered by the Learning Partnership.
“Your government has established New Brunswick as a leader in the cybersecurity sector,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “We are working hard to ensure our emerging workforce will be prepared to take advantage of coding and digital literacy opportunities in the future.”
CanCode is a Budget 2017 commitment aiming to teach digital skills to over one million Canadian students and their teachers.
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Office of Karen Ludwig
Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest