Digital Literacy Strategy

New Brunswick is committed to producing the most digitally literate graduates in Canada in an effort to position the province as a global leader in the digital age. In order to address this aspirational goal, the development of a K-12 digital literacy strategy is underway, including the development of related learning standards and grade by grade targeted outcomes. Cybersecurity will be a foundational thread in this strategy.

The strategy will also include identifying learning activities that are relevant to and engage students, such as the CyberTitan Program. Ensuring students have personal awareness of cybersecurity threats as well as knowledge that will show them how to protect themselves will be integral to the strategy.

Ensuring students are aware of careers opportunities in cybersecurity and providing them with the necessary skills and competencies to be successful in moving forward in this regard will also be foundational to the success of the digital literacy strategy. We leverage partnerships and opportunities to provide the greatest learning opportunities for our students. One example is leveraging the Blue Spurs IoT Kits.

Knowing and understanding that our post-secondary institutions as well as our workforce are fed by the province’s K-12 system, it is equally imperative that leaders within the K-12 system are also fully engaged in the province’s cybersecurity agenda. Unlike many workforce development and training plans CyberSmart places a significant focus on the K-12 system in New Brunswick.

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The rationale is clear. When our youth enter this sector they need to be made aware of the opportunities, positively engaged and actively supported during their learning journey, and imparted with the competencies and skills required for their success. Industry recognition of these imperatives and active support in the design and execution of education programs related to cybersecurity is a prerequisite for success.

Success in our K-12 strategy is only possible through the collaboration and close working relationship that we have with the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD). Our commitment to collaboration is so strong that we signed an MOU with EECD to formalize our work plans and establish defined outcomes.

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