Press release – From February 1 and until March 6, the Digital Youth Month (MNJ). An annual meeting for people under 35 who will be able to discover a multitude of activities and resources online thanks to a new programming platform.
Because the development of digital skills and the future of young people are everyone's business, École branchée is a partner of the event, initiated by Printemps numérique, and invites its community to participate.
Types of activities included in the programming of the MNJ
Workshops and training ✺ Conferences ✺ Discoveries ✺ Exhibitions ✺ Shows ✺ Video games ✺ Hackathon Careers ✺ Directory of resources for young people and teachers
Jonathan le Prof, ambassador of the 3rd edition of the MNJ
The secondary social universe teacher in Rouyn-Noranda is well known as an educational influencer on social media: “Allowing young people to use the Web in an entertaining way while learning is a way to catch their interest! Facilitating access to online resources is also a means of ensuring equal opportunities. Young people living in remote regions, in particular, have less access to places where they can experiment with technologies. The Digital Month platform allows this in addition to learning about various issues such as algorithms and their impacts. »
“Studying, working and communicating in the digital age has its share of challenges! We are fortunate to count on actors in Quebec who develop innovative activities and tools to support young people so that they become enlightened citizens, critics and creators,” explains Mehdi Benboubakeur, Executive Director of Printemps numérique.
Some observations :
- “The closure of schools caused by the health crisis has helped to highlight digital and educational inequalities, as schools, students and their families have experienced everything online. » [Simon Collin, Canada Research Chair in Digital Equity in Education, UQAM 2020];
- In 2019, the technology sector accounted for more than 136,000 jobs in Quebec, and it hasn't stopped growing since. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has created new technological needs. [Ministry of Economy and Innovation, 2019] ;
- In 2020, women represented 22% of the workforce in the ICT sector and this figure has even been on a downward trend for several years. [TECHNOCompétences – Sectoral Workforce Committee (CSMO) in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 2020].
Citizen's Charter in the digital age
In addition to the calendar of activities, to raise awareness of the issues of Citizen's Charter in the digital age, “transparency” is in the spotlight this year: all users should be able to access understandable information about the processing, distribution and storage of their data.
Digital Spring, initiator of the event, is counting on the support of the organizing committee to carry out this 3rd edition: the trendy school, Community, Tobo, Network of Carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec and the Quebec Civilization Museum.