Gersande La Flèche
Co-Founder, Kids Code Jeunesse
Gersande La Flèche is the co-founder of Kids Code Jeunesse, a non-profit that resolves to introduce computer science, computational thinking and problem solving into Canadian elementary schools. Since the spring of 2013, Gersande met with university leaders, several Québec French and English school boards and educational technology specialists to create a pilot project that will begin in several Montreal public schools this fall.
One of Kids Code Jeunesse’ most important goals is provide policy-makers with compelling evidence that it is not only possible but absolutely necessary to teach children how to code. Her own experience speaks volumes; although she created her first website at age 12, her first formal instruction in computer science wasn’t until her first semester of university.
Now completing an undergraduate degree at Concordia University, she also works as a freelance designer, web programmer and IT specialist while teaching and facilitating the coding workshops that are at the core of Kids Code Jeunesse. “I think we’ll be able to rebuild that aspect of pioneering and creative control that has been lost as services like Google have centralized the way we use the web. Let’s reach back to those ideals of community and ingenuity, to foster the sharing of knowledge and, ultimately, power.”