Amaujaq Centre Offers $5,000 Grants for Community Efforts that Get Kids to School
January 15, 2015
The Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education is encouraging the development of innovative projects to boost school attendance with grants of up to $5,000 for community-based initiatives that involve parents and schools.
The grants are part of a larger national parent engagement initiative aimed at getting children to school all day, every day, rested and ready to learn.
Seed funding comes from the Arctic Inspiration Prize, awarded in 2013 to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s National Committee on Inuit Education, which directs the work of the Amaujaq Centre.
Schools and community groups throughout Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories are invited to apply. Projects must engage both parents and schools, with the goal of improving school attendance.
“We’re looking for innovative ideas that encourage parents and schools to work together on projects that foster better attendance, and that contribute to schools being the community hubs we want them to be,” said Terry Audla, President of ITK and Chair of the National Committee on Inuit Education.
“Ultimately, we’re hoping to find some best practices – tools that can be shared among families and communities to create lasting change.”
The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 20, 2015. Grants will be awarded in March.