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Here at Ladies Learning Code, we’ve had lots of really special days — our annual National Learning Code Day, the Code Mobile’s visit to Parliament Hill, our first Teachers Learning Code workshop…the list goes on!
But today might just have taken the cake.
Because today, Hadi Partovi of Code.org and Melissa Sariffodeen of Canada Learning Code were joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the global launch of the 2016 Computer Science Education Week and the international Hour of Code campaign!
Hour of Code aims to introduce every student in the world to computing and broaden awareness and participation in computer science education. During the December 5th event, over 40 students from DA Moodie and Collège Catholique Samuel Genest, local schools, visited the Shopify offices to learn about technology careers and then took a 1-hour introductory coding workshop alongside Prime Minister Trudeau.
During Computer Science Education Week, students across the globe are encouraged to do an Hour of Code: a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify “code” and to show that anybody can learn the basics. To date, over 100 million students from more than 180 countries have tried an Hour of Code in over 45 languages. The campaign is supported by more than 200,000 educators worldwide.
“In the 21st century, computer science is just as important to a well-rounded education as chemistry, biology, or physics,” says Hadi, CEO of Code.org and creator of the Hour of Code campaign. “Computer science will play an essential role in our children’s future, regardless of what career they pursue or what country they live in. This global campaign has engaged 100 million students, and we’re delighted to kick it off in Canada with the Prime Minister.”
“We are very excited that Code.org is formally launching the Hour of Code campaign in Canada,” said Melissa “and honoured to have the enthusiastic participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”
As many of you will know, in addition to being the trail-blazing CEO of Ladies Learning Code, our very own Mel is also a co-founder of the recently launched Canada Learning Code. “We are a nation of diverse, creative, talented individuals with endless potential for innovation, but without access to the coding education that will help us tap into that potential, we risk stagnating as a nation. I’m thrilled to know that Canadian youth will be able to take advantage of the wonderful Hour of Code program, and I’m encouraged to see our Prime Minister taking such an active interest in computer science education,” said Melissa.
Canada Learning Code is the official launch partner of Hour of Code in Canada. Since launching on October 6th, 2016, Canada Learning Code has garnered widespread attention for its bold commitment to reaching 10,000,000 million Canadians with coding education by the year 2027.