TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Computers for Schools Program (CFS)
has thrived under the leadership of the Government of Canada over the
last 20 years. In a celebration held at TELUS House in Toronto,
industry partners, program donors, volunteers and youth interns marked
the 20th anniversary of the Computers for Schools Ontario.
Renewed Computer Technology (RCT), which operates CFS in Ontario,
announced that it has delivered over 287,000 renewed computers to
enhance skill development and digital literacy across the province.
"Our Government is proud to support a successful program that brings
computer literacy skills into Canadian classrooms and schools," said
the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry. "Through Computers
for Schools, Canadian youth are also gaining valuable work experience
and are positioned for success in tomorrow's digital economy."
As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Computers for Schools - Technical Work Experience Program provides
young individuals with invaluable paid, hands-on work experience that
benefits them in this digital and knowledge-based economy. RCT's
Executive Director, Shauna L. McCaffrey stated that "These talented
youth are helping us to increase digital literacy by extending the life
of Federal Government's surplus technology assets and providing it to
learners in schools, libraries and NFP learning organizations."
The Government of Canada's Computers for Schools Program has delivered
more than 1,250,000 computers from coast to coast. CFS has trained and
employed over 5,885 youth across Canada in its 40 centres equipping
them with the tools that they need to secure long term, meaningful
Since inception in 1993, over 204 federal departments, agencies and
crown corporations have donated to the program. This is an important
aspect of the Federal Government's Sustainable Development Strategy.
The CFS program provides triple bottom line results - RENEWING
TECHNOLOGY to increase Digital Literacy, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT to empower
our future workers and ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP through the renewal of
About Computers for Schools: Computers for Schools, co-founded in 1993 by Industry Canada and the TelecomPioneers, is a
national, federal government-led initiative that operates in
cooperation with provinces and territories, the private and volunteer
sectors. CFS collects, repairs and refurbishes donated surplus
computers from government and private sector sources and distributes
them to schools, public libraries and not-for-profit learning
organizations throughout Canada.
CFS also offers students and recent graduates of information technology
programs, professional experience in refurbishing computers through the
Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP), an initiative funded by the
Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
About Renewed Computer Technology (RCT):
RCT is a social enterprise that creates innovative and sustainable
social, economic and environmental benefits through renewed
technology. RCT provides equitable technology access to facilitate
skills development by: delivering technology to learners; workplace
skills to youth/volunteers; and partnership opportunities to donors,
funders and community organizations. RCTO.ca
SOURCE: Renewed Computer Technology
For further information:
Shauna L. McCaffrey, MBA
Executive Director, RCT