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Amazon makes donation to support coding education

Amazon makes donation to support coding education

 August 29, 2018

Amazon has donated a significant sum of $525,000 to Canada Learning Code — a leading national charity championing digital literacy education. The generous donation will support the development of a Canadian kindergarten-to-grade-12 computer science education framework as well as coding education programs, including a traveling mobile classroom and Canada Learning Code Week.

The donation from Amazon will help create 275,000 "learner" experiences over three years, empowering Canadian youth to learn skills to create and invent using technology. 

Opportunities to learn skills for the future

"We are excited to embark on this new relationship with Amazon to help realize our vision of every child from kindergarten to grade 12 having the opportunity to learn the skills they will need for the future," said Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code. "This donation by Amazon will have a transformative effect on Canadian skills development needed to prosper in the digital economy." 

"We are proud to support Canada Learning Code on their mission to ensure every Canadian student has access to computer science education," said Alexandre Gagnon, Vice President for Amazon Canada and Mexico. "This donation will help provide students with the skills they need to excel in one of Canada's fastest growing job sectors."

Accelerating careers of women into in-demand roles

Research conducted by Abacus Data and Canada Learning Code in June 2018 revealed broad support from Canadians for the adoption of a K-12 computer science framework in the education curriculum. In Canada today, only three out of 13 provinces and territories offer formal opportunities in their curriculum for students to learn these skills.

An updated curriculum will further accelerate the entry of women and those from less advantaged backgrounds into in-demand roles. For example, women in Canada make up about one in four ICT professionals according to research by the Information and Communications Technology Council.  

The future of work in Vancouver

To mark this new collaboration, Canada Learning Code and Amazon co-hosted a "Future of Work" event in Vancouver to discuss how to prepare Canadians for the workforce of tomorrow.  

The event was open to members of the media and featured a panel with:

  • Amazon's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources, Beth Galetti; 
  • Canada Learning Code CEO, Melissa Sariffodeen; 
  • BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Hon. Bruce Ralston; and  
  • CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Carolyn Tuckwell. 

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