Follow-up to commission: language and cultural development policy to be elaborated (09/12/14)

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Dec. 14, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A language and cultural development policy will be elaborated by the action group for the Commission on Francophone Schools.

The action group decided to take this step at its last meeting, held Dec. 10. At that time, the action group established a procedure to develop a specific mandate to provide long-term follow-up on the commission's recommendations.

The action group expects the policy will be a strategic plan for the education system and its partners. It will describe the type of schools desired for the Acadian and francophone communities, the objectives to be attained, and the means of achieving them.

The policy will represent a kind of underlying infrastructure for collaboration between the Acadian and francophone communities and the schools in order to accomplish the schools' two-fold mission.

Developing such a policy is one of the top priorities identified in the commission's report, completed by Gino LeBlanc and released June 15. The action group will use it as its primary tool for long-term follow-up on the commission's recommendations.

"Enthusiasm, a common vision, and a spirit of co-operation have developed among the members of the follow-up committee," said Ernest Thibodeau, action group spokesman. "We want to act quickly. I believe we have all the essentials to successfully follow up on the report of the Commission on Francophone Schools and to work together to build the best possible Acadian and francophone schools."

Beginning in January, the action group will identify the main areas of involvement to develop the policy and to implement priority actions in response to the commission's report.

Once the areas of involvement have been identified, the action group will form committees to work on each area that will support Acadian and francophone schools in their missions of academic success and positive identity formation for every student.

The action group has agreed to maintain its current composition - that is, the members of the commission's advisory committee - since they are the direct partners of the Acadian and francophone schools. But, it will also seek the expertise of other groups and individuals on specific topics.


MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.