$30,000 investment to improve literacy (08/10/31)

NB 1608

Oct. 31, 2008

OROMOCTO (CNB) - An investment of $30,000 for an interactive literacy project involving eight books by Acadian authors was announced this morning at Arc-en-ciel community school in Oromocto by Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. The project is designed for children in kindergarten to Grade 2 in francophone schools.

Children will be able to read and reread the proposed activities, which will acquaint them will reading strategies to better prepare them to start school. Parents may use the activities as models, and teachers may use them to vary teaching approaches.

"When a child is not learning, we need to act fast," Lamrock said. "Children who can't read at the end of Grade 2 will have lost all interest in school by Grade 5, unless they get help. Gifted children who lose their enthusiasm and curiosity in Grade 3 may end up not caring about their studies at all. Children with special needs that are not met in elementary school will cost society a lot more as adults. When children fall behind in their early school years, we can't hide behind administrative red tape. We need to act with a sense of urgency, because the situation is urgent."

The project, Livres interactifs, was initiated by the Department of Education, and is being implemented in collaboration with a number of Acadian partners, including Sylvie Blain, professor of didactics at the Université de Moncton; the Bouton d'Or Acadie publishing house; and the Groupe des technologies de l'apprentissage.

This year, education students at the Université de Moncton will have access to the interactive books through the communauté d'apprentissages scientifiques et mathématiques interactifs website, and in Blain's course. In future, students will have access to the project through the Department of Education.

The project helps meet six of the eight commitments in the provincial education plan, When Kids Come First, and fits with the community school concept currently being implemented in the province.


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