Summit on francophone schools to be held this weekend (08/12/04)

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Dec. 4, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A summit on francophone schools will be held on Dec. 5-7, in Fredericton. This is the final step in the public consultation process by the Commission on Francophone Schools.

Since Sept. 10, the commission has held public consultations around the province in order to find solutions to the challenges facing francophone schools. The summit's objective is to summarize proposed solutions, validate certain options, and identify major policy directions.

After hearing more than 1,200 people in 11 public consultations and about 100 targeted meetings, Commissioner Gino LeBlanc has prepared a summary of the proposed solutions.

"I am anxious to discuss the proposals with summit participants to validate the key, fundamental elements the commission can use as a guide to draft the final report," LeBlanc said. "The summit is therefore a crucial step in the consultative process."

Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said that he is pleased with the participation rate of the francophone and Acadian communities in the commission's public consultations.

"The francophone and Acadian population have shown a great interest in the work of this commission," Lamrock said. "I believe that the summit on francophone schools will also be a great success, and will enable us to move forward in developing solutions to the challenges facing francophone schools."

LeBlanc will submit his report to the minister of education by March of 2009.

The Commission on Francophone Schools is a part of government's education plan, When Kids Come First.


MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085; Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.