April 13, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - More than 442 students from francophone schools, in grades six to 11, will be able to benefit from week-long provincial camps set up by the Université de Moncton, the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, and community and private organizations as part of the Department of Education's Education Plus program.
"The summer camps make it possible to offer learning experiences related to career opportunities in New Brunswick and to interest young people in various sectors, some of which are experiencing a labour shortage," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "It is wonderful to see that the camps are just as popular from one year to the next. It shows that they are plugged in to the students' interests."
Themes this year will include the arts, languages, science, environmental science, immigration, geology, law, health, leadership, sports coaching and technology.
"Holding such camps meets one of the commitments of the education plan When Kids Come First, which is to help children develop a passion for learning," said Haché. The learning experiences offered at the camps are also in line with one of the possible solutions contained in the report of the Commission on Francophone Schools, which calls for a broader range of paths for students to continue stimulating their interest and desire to succeed."
The registration period for the 17 summer camps is now over. The first step in selecting the participants is a recommendation from the schools, which establish the criteria. The school districts select the participants and distribute the available spaces in accordance with the recommendations.
The camps will be held from June 27 to Aug. 13. For further information on the summer camps, call 1-888-882-8883 or visit the website.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The camps offered by the Department of Education are listed below. MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.