$25,000 investment in arts and literacy for francophone schools (08/10/24)

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Oct. 24, 2008

CARAQUET (CNB) - The province's first drama handbook, Le manuel de production théâtrale-Le théâtre à l'école, was launched today by Education Minister Kelly Lamrock at Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux community school in Caraquet.


The handbook was developed by the Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (FJFNB), in co-operation with the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB).

All 98 francophone schools will receive copies of the educational tool, which takes into account the linguistic and cultural reality of the province's Acadian and francophone students.

"This is a first for the government of our province," said Lamrock. "Today we are launching a French-language educational tool made in New Brunswick that will help each student gain a better understanding of the dramatic arts. Drama is one means of teaching literacy. It not only encourages students to speak in public and express themselves, but also fosters identity building and teamwork.

"The FJFNB deserves special commendation for coming up with the idea of producing this handbook in co-operation with the AAAPNB. Such educational partnerships are at the heart of our plan to build the best education system in the country."

The handbook was designed entirely in New Brunswick for the use of drama teachers, theatre troupe leaders, and cultural/community development officers, as well as for students.

"In the context of implementing the spirit of the États généraux des arts et de la culture (Summit on Arts and Culture) and the Commission on Francophone Schools, we are pleased that the Department of Education and the FJFNB are willing to promote our artists and their work to all Acadian students," said Carmen Gibbs, AAAPNB executive director. "Access to the theatre and to the artists in our community will awaken a feeling of belonging in young people, and a taste for discovering our culture and those who shape it."

"Today's initiative is especially important for literacy and the arts in New Brunswick, and I applaud my colleague, Kelly Lamrock," said Hédard Albert, minister of wellness, culture and sport. "The vitality of New Brunswick's theatre scene depends not only on the creativity and talent of our current artists, but also on our ability to train and build the next generation of performers. I have no doubt that this unique initiative will be very successful with our young people."

"This drama handbook is a byproduct of our Art sur Roues - volet théâtre project, which is designed to help artists play a key role in the classroom and share the responsibility we all have to develop, through the arts, pride in our linguistic and cultural identity," said Alexis Couture, FJFNB president.

In its education plan, When Kids Come First, the government advocated the development of new identity-building initiatives for the province's francophone students, which is why the Department of Education has invested $25,000 in this project to promote the Acadian and francophone culture and arts, and support language and literacy.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Education, 506-444-4714.