Future Shop and Richmond BOE team up for new initiative

Computers permeate every facet of our daily lives, and it’s obvious this trend will not only continue but accelerate in future. But our educational system’s structure harkens back to a time when kids had to leave school to tend to the fields, or if they were technically-minded they might secure work in a factory.

But that’s a paradigm that’s completely out of date. Today’s youth is far more likely to either have a job in an office or even work for themselves out of their laptop. And the Richmond Board of Education has recognized this new environment by partnering with Future Shop to create the Future Generation Tech Lab program. Established in April 2009, the fund contributes $50,000 in donations to selected schools to upgrade from standard classrooms into technology centres for kids. 

“We have the ability to help provide digital tools to schools to inspire motivate, and empower secondary students across Canada,” said Todd Empey, vice-president, operations, Future Shop. “The Future Generation Tech Lab program is designed to give schools the modern technology required to deliver enriched learning environments for our youth,” he said. 

R.C. Palmer Secondary School is the first recipient, and will launch a multimedia lab that offers Music Composition and Broadcasting programs. Richmond’s Virtual School will also find a permanent home in the lab, expanding its offerings for District students.