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Meet the only Vancouver School Board Candidate Running to Teach Kids About Coding

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From social media apps, watches, video games, cars and smart homes that speak to you, (or yell at you) it is clear that the advancements in technology has, and will continue to have, a significant impact on our daily lives. With the rapid technological and digital advancements, we see, and experience, every day, it is clear that there is more to come.

BC’s New Curriculum is focused on teaching students the skills they need in order to succeed in their future careers and has emphasized the importance of technology in supporting this endeavour. And on the Vancouver School Board, who is preparing your children to understand the digital language and be ready for what the future brings?

Meet Fairnia Farrokhi, a web developer, passionate about technology, who is running as an independent in the 2018 Vancouver Elections for a position on the Vancouver School Board. Her platform is focused on ensuring that students are taught a vital skill that will provide them with a competitive advantage when applying to universities, colleges, internships, and jobs—and that is coding.

This summer, Ms. Farrokhi had the opportunity to mentor several elementary school teachers at TeacherCon, a 3-day conference hosted by Canada Learning Code. During the conference, Ms. Farrokhi helped introduce teachers to the foundations of coding. She also heard, first hand, the interest expressed by teachers for teaching the foundations of coding they had learned to their students.

“In order to be successful at teaching children how to write code, I believe we need to make sure our amazing teachers understand the foundations of coding,” said Ms. Farrokhi. “If elected, I will work with the Vancouver School Board and the school board employees to execute a platform aimed at demystify coding for teachers and showing them fun and easy ways, they can teach code to students from Kindergarten to grade 12,” Farrokhi went on to say.

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