Ministers meet with students at Alexander Gibson Memorial School (09/12/10)

NB 1968

Dec 10, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two ministers held consultations with some of their youngest stakeholders today at Alexander Gibson Memorial School in Fredericton.

Education Minister Roland Haché and Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock met with a group of students to hear their opinions on the recently announced construction of a new school to replace their current one.

The new school will be one of two innovative schools in New Brunswick under Microsoft's Partners in Learning program, which was signed earlier this year. New Brunswick was the first province in Canada to sign this type of co-operation agreement with Microsoft. The other school is being built in Restigouche East.

"This new school will be a showcase for the kinds of changes that will shift our anglophone school system toward a 21st-century model of learning," said Haché.

The anglophone sector of the Department of Education is in the process of designing NB3-21C, a new strategy for public education. NB3 addresses the need to focus on and improve student achievement in the areas of literacy, numeracy and science. 21C relates to teaching students skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, entrepreneurialism, leadership and citizenship.

"By combining technology-rich classrooms and school environments where learning is student-driven and project-based, students will be more engaged in their learning, and when they graduate will be better prepared for higher education, employment, and life in the knowledge and innovation age of the 21st century," said Haché.

The Partners in Learning program provides schools and educators with access to an innovative schools network, an online community complete with teaching aides, professional development tools, and a live web portal to share best practices in education with other teachers around the world. It also provides new tools to enrich student projects in the classrooms.


MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.