Canada 2067 is uniting Canadians around a new vision for youth STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.
Canada is a global leader in education, but tomorrow will bring with it many challenges. We owe it to future generations to think big, and to prepare them to meet these challenges head-on. We must set ambitious goals for education to keep pace with an increasingly knowledge- and technologically-driven society—especially as other countries vie to do the same.
There is no better time than the present to call for collective action. By doing so, we can help shape and prioritize STEM learning over the next 50 years. We will look towards Canada’s bicentennial in 2067 to ensure this is accomplished, but the time to act is now.
In a time when most Canadian youth disengage from STEM studies before high school graduation, we need to better prepare them for a future where disruptive technologies and changes in the labour market will reward highly skilled workers.
A grasp of science, technology, engineering and math will allow future generations to develop into critical thinkers, discoverers, entrepreneurs and problem solvers.
How will we meet the challenge?
By developing an action plan and national vision for STEM learning.
By collaborating with policy makers, educators, parents, business leaders, non-profit organizations and youth to ensure their perspectives and feedback are incorporated into the action plan. By having all Canadians who have a stake in education—and that’s everyone—participate in this important conversation.
By making sure everyone’s voice is heard!
More about the development of the Canada 2067 action plan
Six pillars have been identified as part of the Canada 2067 action plan:
1) How we learn
2) How we teach
3) What we learn
4) Who’s involved
5) Where education leads
6) Cross-cutting issues
To inform the content of the plan, key questions are being asked under each pillar such as:
• Are the skills youth are being taught the ones they will need to be successful tomorrow?
• Is STEM being taught by qualified teachers?
• What is the role of hands-on or experiential learning?
• Is there enough focus on STEM?
• Who are the necessary partners in the education system and outside of it?
The Canada 2067 action plan for STEM learning is a work in progress that needs input from everyone. Through this national conversation we will identify areas of consensus, common themes and shared calls to action. These will inform what changes are needed most when it comes to shaping STEM learning. Some elements of the action plan will be validated, some will be revised, and some will be replaced.
By sharing, discussing and refining the action plan, everyone can discover more about the current state of STEM learning in Canada and contribute to its future direction.
What are the potential outcomes of Canada 2067?
To develop a shared vision and to ensure all youth benefit from strengthened education systems designed for the 21st century—a system that will ensure Canadian youth graduate as critical thinkers and informed citizens in a complex world. They will be armed with the skills required to succeed in the career of their choosing.
Our legacy will be one that has inspired the innovators, entrepreneurs, citizens and discoverers who will lead our country forward.