1 Million to Support African Nova Scotian Learners

first_imgA $1 million investment in African Nova Scotian learners will give students more opportunities to upgrade their skills and provide them with more support in school. The investment is part of government’s new plan for education, Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. Education Minister Jamie Muir made the announcement today, July 20, during a leadership and management conference for African Nova Scotian educators in North Preston, Halifax Regional Municipality. “We’re focused on making investments that directly impact students,” said Mr. Muir. “We’re going to hire more student support workers, increase community college scholarships and work with the Nova Scotia Community College to provide more opportunities for students. All of these initiatives will contribute to a more equitable and accessible education system.” This year’s investment doubles the $500,000 government invested in 2004-05. It is part of a $4.1-million commitment to implement the operational recommendations of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report on Education over four years. Many recommendations have already been implemented including the establishment of the Council on African Canadian Education and an elected seat on every school board for an African Nova Scotian representative. “This $1-million commitment will allow the Council on African Canadian Education and its partners to build on the work already started toward establishing an Africentric Learning Institute,” said Charles Sheppard, chair of the council. “The first africentric leadership and management training being offered for educators this week is an example of the innovative and unique programs the institute will offer.” Some of the initiatives being implemented in 2005-06 are: The Department of Education and the Council of African Canadian Education have also established a review committee to identify the needs of the Africentric Learning Institute. The committee will review the institute’s structure, role and function within the community, its sustainability and programming, as well as its capital requirements. In December, the committee will make recommendations about what is required to get the institute up and running. $156,000 to aid in the development and delivery of programs for the Africentric Learning Institute $310,000 for school boards to hire eight new student-support workers $90,000 to the Council of African Canadian Education to support its operations $50,000 to implement youth leadership and development programs $30,000 to increase parental involvement in the education system $49,000 to increase Community College Awards by 50 per cent, to $1,800 per student $50,000 for short-term, employment-related training for which students are not eligible to receive student loan support $80,000 to expand adult programming $100,000 to establish a program to enable African Nova Scotian youth to upgrade their skills with the goal of entering community college programs, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College $56,000 to continue implementing curriculum that represents a diverse populationlast_img

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