Canada’s Education Ministers Meet In Calgary

by NationTalk on September 17, 2009665 Views

YELLOWKNIFE – September 16– Eliminating achievement gaps and increasing literacy are top priorities for educators across Canada says GNWT Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty following meetings of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) last week in Calgary.Minister Lafferty says he was particularly pleased with the level and extent of discussion that took place around Aboriginal education. CMEC Ministers signed a joint declaration in April Learn Canada 2020, recognizing the importance of removing the learning disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.

“In the NWT, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment is working closely with Aboriginal governments, and our many community partners to develop and implement a strategy that attracts our students to school and keeps them there,” Minister Lafferty said. “It is not just about getting bodies in the seats but engaging our youth. We want them to be active participants at school and to maximize their potential.”

Promoting essential skill development through literacy efforts was also addressed by CMEC Ministers. The CMEC provided an update on their Literacy Action Plan and governments across Canada are adopting a collaborative approach to engage partners and stakeholders in the pursuit of increased literacy. Other matters discussed at the CMEC meeting include education data and research as well as H1N1 preparedness.

“I am encouraged by the shared commitment that exists on important initiatives such as Aboriginal education and achievement, literacy, and building our post-secondary capacity,” Minister Lafferty said

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