Allan Rock Announces Ericsson Canada’s $60,000 Contribution to Create Innovative On-Line Student Projects
“Canada’s SchoolNet and its innovative e-learning initiatives are tools that will help Canada build a critical mass of highly skilled knowledge
workers,” said Minister Rock. “Through their contributions and support, organizations like Ericsson Canada play a pivotal role in helping our youth develop important skills to build our future workforce.”
“Ericsson is proud to sponsor SchoolNet GrassRoots, a program that
fosters qualities we consider important – perseverance, innovation and
dedication to excellence,” said Mark Henderson, President & CEO, Ericsson
Canada Inc. “Ericsson strongly believes in preparing today’s youth for the
challenges of tomorrow through its enabling technologies.”
The SchoolNet GrassRoots Program provides funding to schools to help students create on-line projects that develop skills in critical thinking and
teamwork, as well as in information and communication technology. The SchoolNet GrassRoots Program, together with its provincial, territorial and private-sector partners, has funded over 20,000 on-line learning projects
created by Canadian K-12 students and teachers.
In March 1999, the Prime Minister challenged Canada’s private sector to
match the Government of Canada’s contribution towards SchoolNet GrassRoots to
promote information and communication technology skills development and
e-learning in Canada’s youth. The SchoolNet GrassRoots National Campaign has
generated over $4 million in sponsorship from companies such as Microsoft, AOL Canada Inc., Cisco Systems Canada, Imperial Oil, CN and Ericsson Canada, the program’s latest contributor.