Action group developing language, cultural planning policy in education (10/01/18)

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Jan. 18, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Work has begun by the Action Group for the Commission on Francophone Schools on a language and cultural development policy in response to a major priority identified in the commission report prepared by Gino LeBlanc.

The action group identified the areas of activity for developing the policy, which will describe the characteristics of schools desired for the Acadian and francophone communities, the objectives to be achieved, and the means of achieving them.

The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) welcomes its involvement in elaborating the policy, especially since its implementation was a recommendation of the États généraux des arts et de la culture (Summit of arts and culture in New Brunswick's Acadian society).

"We believe that artists contribute to the growth of the educational community by creating works of art that allow students to ask questions by suggesting other points of view and other ways of looking at the world," said Carmen Gibbs, the executive director, AAAPNB.

Ernest Thibodeau, president of the Fédération des conseils d'éducation and spokesperson for the action group, said the development of the policy is advancing at a good pace.

"Developing this type of policy is a long-term effort," he said. "The synergy between the members of the action group keeps growing at every meeting. With this common vision, we will be able to achieve all our objectives. This policy will transform the francophone education system in New Brunswick and will help develop better schools for our children."

The action group is developing a plan to use the $5.7 million announced recently by the provincial government as a follow-up to the commission's report.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ernest Thibodeau, spokesperson, Action Group for the Commission on Francophone Schools, 506-388-9281