Schools: Partnership for the Next Generation
Remarks by Hon.
David Kilgour, MP for Edmonton Southeast
Computers for Schools 10th Anniversary
of Performing and Visual Arts, Edmonton
16 April 2004
an honour to be here. Allow me to bring greetings on behalf of Industry Minister
Lucienne Robillard. Today is a major day for everyone involved with ACFS.
at all you've achieved in ten years:
Students for the 21st Century
sure that the teachers here today can tell us better than anyone how vital
having access to computers in schools is to both our children and to all of us
in this province. Computer literacy is no longer a luxury-it is an essential
skill. Can anyone disagree?
Alberta has a highly skilled workforce, Statistics Canada says that only 43% of
Albertans move on to post-secondary education--the lowest rate of any province.
And while high school dropout rates have been declining, they sadly remain above
the national average. The computers provided by Alberta Computers for Schools
help students reverse these numbers by preparing them for success in Alberta's
knowledge-based employment market.
for Schools was started when Telephone Pioneers, a group of active and retired
employees from the communications sector, joined forces with Industry Canada to
place refurbished computers free of charge in schools and libraries.
Today, the Alberta program partnership is due in no small part to strong
support from, among others:
partners, particularly TELUS, Microsoft Canada, and ATCO have also played major
roles in supporting the initiative. Innovative
partnerships like this one represent the strength of what Canadians can
the hundreds of volunteers, donors and partners across the province, many, many
thanks. Your dedication to, and
passion for, helping others is making a real difference in the lives of
children, which, in turn, benefits our communities and the province as a whole.