Feb. 16, 2006
CARAQUET (CNB) - In honour of Heritage Week, the Village Historique Acadien will be visiting New Brunswick schools again this year. To date, 22 francophone and French immersion schools have registered, and about 3,500 students will take part in 78 sessions where they will be introduced to different facets of traditional Acadian life.
Village Historique Acadien will bring to life traditional Acadian customs, beliefs and work for the young audience. Visual aids will be used to illustrate content in a captivating and dynamic way, with presentations adapted to specific age groups. Participating schools have enthusiastically received the program from the beginning, and the visits are always very popular with young audiences.
The program is in line with the Village Historique Acadien mission to create a better understanding of the Acadian people, and make their history more accessible. It uses a practical approach centered on daily life rather than political issues. In this way it distinguishes itself from typical history courses - which focus on the chronology of wars, treaties and the balance of power between states - which makes it more accessible to young people, who can compare the presentations with their own experiences.
This year two new items have been added to the program: rug-hooking for students in grades 3 and 4, and legends from the past for students in grades 5 and 6.
The themes from previous years will also be covered : Wool: The Magic Spinning Wheel for kindergarten to grades 1 and 2; The Farm: Ti-Jules à Arthur's Daughter for grades 3 and 4; Dress: Grandmother's Fashions for grades 5 and 6; and The Acadian as a European for grades 7 and 8.
Interested classes can book visits between now and the end of March.
The Village Historique Acadien website may be viewed at http://www.villagehistoriqueacadien.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jacinthe Paulin, director of youth programs, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600, email@example.com.