Why we’re doing this project
s digital technology becomes more pervasive — jobs across Canada are changing. Some job tasks will be eliminated through automation, while others — including the ability to create and interface with digital technology — will increase.
To support full participation in an increasingly digital economy, the next generation must have a strong digital literacy foundation.. Digitally Lit(erate) is a digital literacy + coding pilot working to change the face of Canada’s future talent pool by reaching communities that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
At the moment, both formal education systems and after-school programming are responding to the need for digital literacy training. However, they face their own set of challenges. Formal curricula can be slow to change, and the necessary resources are often out of reach for schools. Community-based programs such as after-school spaces can easily adapt to the continuously changing digital landscape, but often experience capacity issues, such as limited technology or expertise, interferes with access to programming.