Feb. 17, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An awards ceremony was held this morning to recognize those who promote inclusion of students in public schools and in post-secondary education institutions.
"Our government is committed to creating opportunities to learn and to developing a more inclusive education system in New Brunswick," said Premier Shawn Graham. "That's why we're making record investments, and it is also why this year another 100 resource teachers and teaching assistants will be trained in autism intervention strategies, joining the 200 already trained and working with these children today."
The New Brunswick Association for Community Living organized the National Inclusive Education Award ceremony. Graham and Education Minister Roland Haché participated in the event, held as part of National Inclusive Education Week.
"I am very proud to congratulate the two schools and the two teachers that have been recognized for their contribution to inclusive education," said Haché. "These exceptional teachers make all children feel appreciated, confident, and safe, thus enabling them to reach their full potential."
The Department of Education is continuing to improve inclusive education and to follow up on the MacKay report.
The improvements made to inclusive education to date are in line with the education plan, When kids come first, which include:
"National Inclusive Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements being make in the development of an inclusive education system for all students," said Krista Carr, executive director, New Brunswick Association of Community Living.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of winners of awards from the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. MEDIA CONTACTS: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455; Christy McLean, New Brunswick Association for Community Living, 506-453-4404.
Winners of awards from the New Brunswick Association for Community Living: