The non-profit organization Printemps numérique had more than one project to offer to the Quebec school community.
First, with the production company Pixsenses, they created Digital Cafés, a virtual place near secondary schools where young people can communicate and discuss with each other. A great way to break the isolation that affects many in this time of social restrictions.
The explanation given by the general manager of Digital spring, Mehdi Benboubakeur, clearly illustrates what it is: Inspired by video games, the virtual world offers an array of possibilities. The young person creates his avatar, he has access to fun and interactive workshops and can communicate with his teammates. It’s much more dynamic and attractive than regular videoconferencing platforms. This universe could also serve as a distance learning tool.
The second component to this endeavor concerns digital lifelong education. Thus, for the second edition of the Digital Youth Month (MNJ), the month of February offers an annual meeting for 13 to 29 year olds focusing on the transformative possibilities of digital technology.
More than 18 digital cafes will allow high school students to explore “the potential and their interest in technologies, learn about trades, as well as existing initiatives to increase their skills in digital literacy” writes the author of the press release.
Strong future demand
Here are some statistics that say a lot about the potential and demand for tech staff:
The demand for skilled digital talent in Canada will reach 305,000 by 2023, for a total of more than 2 million workers in the digital economy (Information and Communications Technology Council – October 2019);
It is estimated that 97 million new jobs will emerge from new technologies (World Economic Forum – October 2020);
90% of Canadian companies say they have been forced by the health crisis and containment rules to accelerate their use of digital tools (World Economic Forum – October 2020).
During the whole month, events will be held on this occasion.
In the program :
To get an overview of all the events that will take place during Digital Youth Month, go to the link Programming.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116