Education

Work of Commission on Francophone Schools begins (08/09/10)

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Sept. 10, 2008

MONCTON (CNB) - The commission examining French-language schools officially unveiled its program today, promising to build the best schools possible in co-operation with the Acadian and francophone communities.

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On July 4, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced the appointment of Gino LeBlanc to chair the Commission on Francophone Schools as part of the provincial education plan, When kids come first.

"The commission's work will be decisive in that it will involve joint action between each link in society that wishes to contribute to a better academic performance by francophone students and to their cultural development," said LeBlanc. "I look forward to hearing the innovative solutions that will be put forward to help us deal with the special challenges of francophone schools."

The work of the commission will determine the areas of involvement, priority action, and the roles of all stakeholders. Parents, teachers, young people, district education councils, school districts, communities, associations, cultural and business environments, and government will be asked to submit ideas.

"I invite the Acadian and francophone communities to offer their comments on the priority action to be taken in working together to build quality schools for our children," said Lamrock. "If we want to establish the best education system in the country in a self-sufficient province, it is our responsibility to give all students an equal opportunity to graduate with the keys to success, based on a collective commitment."

Discussions will take place through public meetings, round tables, school visits, briefs, and testimonials. The process will wrap up with a summit on francophone schools.

For information on the work of the commission and a schedule of public meetings, consult the Department of Education website at http://www.gnb.ca/0000/cef.asp.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Angélique Binet, communications, Education, 506-444-4714.

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