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September 14, 2009
Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson today reminded Manitoba teachers and students the application deadline for Innovation in Citizenship Education grants is Oct. 23.“The citizenship education program has taught students across the province to take action in their communities and schools as they prepare for a lifetime of participation in our democratic society,” Bjornson said. “Teachers and students alike say past projects have been challenging and enriching, whether they involved social justice, cultural awareness or community volunteerism.”
The province has committed $20,000 for Innovation in Citizenship Education grants this school year and schools can receive up to $1,000 to cover project costs. Eligible projects must involve students in planning, hands-on learning, social action and community involvement. Students and teachers should be prepared to share what they learn with others in the school and education community.
“To understand concepts such as human rights, civic responsibility, social justice, good governance and environmental stewardship, students need to learn from experience as well as in a traditional classroom setting,” Bjornson said. “We want to ensure the young Manitobans who represent our future learn to work with many different groups of people on a variety of issues and work together to solve problems.”
Twenty projects will be selected from schools across the province. All English, French, French immersion, public and funded independent schools are eligible to apply. Students and teachers from early-, middle- and senior-years schools are encouraged to participate.
Detailed information and grant applications will be available at www.edu.gov.mb.ca
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