Quebec City, May 25, 2019 - Not-for-profit organization, Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) is pleased to announce that Ubisoft and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Quebec will invest $350,000 for the deployment of its Code Club program across the province of Quebec. This program offers free, weekly coding workshops to support the development of digital skills for kids aged 8 to 12.
The announcement brought together
at Maison de la littérature Library.
Code Club is a Canadian network of free coding clubs for children aged 8 to 12, run in public community spaces. By offering these clubs in settings such as libraries, KCJ supports spaces that allow for deeper and enriched learning, which strengthening the connection between education and community.
Through this project, KCJ and its partners plan to begin and support more than 200 new clubs across Quebec and reach 8,000 children over the next two years. There are already clubs in 10 regions of Quebec. This project aims to open clubs in all 17 regions. Other regions may join the initiative depending on the demand of local libraries.
"I think digital skills need to be accessible and inclusive for all. Education and diversity are at the heart of our country's strength. By integrating the Code Club concept into more than 200 Quebec public places, we can encourage more than 8,000 children to innovate in technology and, in doing so, diversify the future workforce.” Kate Arthur, CEO of Kids Code Jeunesse.
"With our program Ubisoft Education, we aspire to do our part to prepare young people in Quebec for the jobs of the future. That's why we are committed to investing $150,000 in the project to grow Code Club throughout Quebec by 2021. With Code Club, we invest both in our children’s future and in the socio-economic future of Quebec and all the regions” said Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft's Canadian studios.
On his part, Mr. Duclos said
"youth is the future of our country and we are making great efforts to ensure that they have all the skills they need to thrive. We are among the brightest young people here in Quebec City and we will continue to help them build their future."
Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) is a bilingual Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to providing every Canadian child with access to digital skills education. KCJ focuses on supporting girls and underserved communities. KCJ promotes inclusive and sustainable learning by teaching children and the educators who play a crucial role in their development. KCJ ensures that children have the creative tools and confidence they need to build a better tomorrow.
Ubisoft is a world leader in the creation, publishing and distribution of video games and interactive services. The group has a rich portfolio of internationally renowned brands such as Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Rayman, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and the video game series Tom Clancy. Ubisoft's teams, through its worldwide network of studios and distribution subsidiaries, are committed to providing players with original and unforgettable gaming experiences on all popular platforms, including consoles, mobiles, tablets and PCs. Since 2015, Ubisoft's Quebec studios have been supporting Kids Code Jeunesse through the Ubisoft Education program to introduce children and their teachers to programming. Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft's Canadian studios, is also a member of the advisory committee of Kids Code Jeunesse.
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With more Code Clubs opening each week, why not sign your kids up to a local Code Club? If there isn’t one in your area, you could even start one with a local community centre or library. Coding experience isn’t necessary - we provide the projects, all you need to bring is an openness to learning!