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“We want to help prepare Quebec youth for the jobs of the future.” —Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios.
Montreal, December 10, 2018 – The CEO of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios, Mr. Yannis Mallat, officially launched the Ubisoft Education program and announced a brand-new partnership with Réseau Technoscience today during his visit to École Ste-Gertrude, a school in Montréal-Nord.
The two-year partnership will offer 300 free digital kits to elementary schools (220), youth centres and public libraries (80) across Quebec. These kits will allow 8,000 boys and girls to get started with programming.
Developed by Réseau Technoscience in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the digital kits will help kids develop their computational thinking and logical reasoning skills while introducing them to computer science concepts in a fun way.
“We’re happy to support Réseau Technoscience by distributing their digital kits for free to elementary schools, youth centres and libraries in Quebec,” said Mr. Mallat.
“We’re proud to be working with Ubisoft to deliver our digital kits all across Quebec. Thanks to the support of Ubisoft Education, Réseau Technoscience can introduce an even larger number of young people aged 6–17 to coding,” added Ms. Marthe Poirier, General Manager of Réseau Technoscience.
With its new Ubisoft Education program, the company aims to further strengthen its support of educational institutions, which in turn will help teachers prepare Quebec youth for the jobs of the future. Initiatives supported by Ubisoft Education will be rolled out in several regions across Quebec and affect students throughout their entire educational career.
Ubisoft Education has three objectives: to attract more young people to science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, to develop young people’s skills in these fields and to diversify the digital talent pool in Quebec.
Experts estimate that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet. Children starting Grade 1 in September 2018 will be 18 in 2030. It is important that we prepare them to tackle the technological challenges that await them in the future. “We estimate that starting in 2019, we’ll reach more than 10,500 boys and girls with the initiatives supported by our program,” added Yannis Mallat.
With Ubisoft Education, Ubisoft’s studios will breathe new life into the work started in 2004 with Campus Ubisoft and other initiatives implemented over the years to promote education. Between 2015 and 2022, Ubisoft will have invested more than $12 million in education and its employees will have dedicated thousand of hours to initiatives aimed at developing future generations.
Ubisoft Education Partners
Preparing future generations for the jobs of tomorrow is not an easy task. Ubisoft has joined forces with partners such as Kids Code Jeunesse, Fusion Jeunesse, the Fondation de la Commission scolaire de Montréal, Réseau Technoscience, Technovation Montréal, Academos, Quebec universities that take part in the Ubisoft Game Lab Competition and Ubisoft Education scholarship programs and internships.
Pictures: Martin Métivier Photographe
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