Education

New Brunswick to chair Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (07/09/26)

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Sept. 26, 2007

VICTORIA, B.C. (CNB) - Education Minister Kelly Lamrock will serve as chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) for the next two years.

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Lamrock was elected chair of CMEC by his colleagues at the council's biannual meeting that was held September 24-25 in Victoria, B.C. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty also attended the meeting on behalf of New Brunswick.

"I am deeply honoured and excited to become chair of CMEC," Lamrock said. "Providing Canadians with the best educational opportunities possible is an important issue for all provinces and territories, and I look forward to the challenge this new responsibility brings."

As chair, Lamrock will preside over meetings of CMEC and serve as the collective representative of ministers of education.

At the 92nd meeting of CMEC, the ministers announced an innovative forum on literacy will be held in spring 2008.

This unique event will be designed to increase awareness among Canadians of the importance of literacy as a lifelong issue, and to encourage collaboration and sharing of information on literacy across Canada, develop education tools that support professional development, and frame discussions on literacy. It will bring together learners, parents, educators, business and labour leaders, policy makers, community partners, and others to lay the foundation for a continuing dialogue through the CMEC literacy networks.

"Canada's provincial and territorial education ministers have committed to show national leadership on literacy," Lamrock said. "My national colleagues and I look forward to inviting the federal government to joining us in our efforts to raise the literacy rates of Canadians."

The forum on literacy will be hosted simultaneously in a number of locations across the country, including New Brunswick, and will take advantage of technology to create a virtual meeting space, where all participants will be able to listen to and interact with keynote speakers in real time.

The initiative is just one component of CMEC's new Literacy Action Plan. Ministers will also be able working together to create literacy networks to share the best of literacy practices from all provinces and territories. As well, they will be working through their assessment and research programs to provide useful data on literacy rates among Canadians.

"Improving the literacy skills of New Brunswickers of all ages is of great importance to us," Doherty said. "That is why we have worked together to develop the CMEC literacy action plan, giving children, families and communities the key to opportunity and self-sufficiency."

The CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for elementary, secondary and advanced education from Canada's 13 provinces and territories.

Information about CMEC is available online at http://www.cmec.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Jason Humphrey or Angélique Binet, communications, Education, 506-444-4714; Shawn Hearn, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.

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