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Education and Community - Key to Strait Econimic Assembly

posted Apr 15, 2010, 5:27 AM by Concerned Parents   [ updated Apr 15, 2010, 6:03 AM ]
I was in attendance at the 2010 Economic Action Assembly, held in Port Hawksbury  April 14, 2010. There were several notable academics and business leaders in attendance and as key note speakers.  A general theme from the session is the importance of Community, Education, and Entreprenurship to the economic success of the Strait / Quad County region.

I find it interesting that our Strait Regional School Board would continue to pursue the closure of Community Schools, which exist to support both education and community, rather than pursuing opportunities to leverage the strengths of these schools and community support to enhance the schools' offerings, for the benefit of the students, community, and Strait region.  SRSB Board member Mr. George Keyhoe and SRSB Director of Finance, Mr. Willie Cormier, were both in attendance at this assembly.

Our neighbor, the province of New Brunswick, has been a national and international leaders with their community school initiatives.  One of their most successful programs has been the Entrepreneurial Community Schools (ECS).  ECS has been recognized by the United Nations UNESCO, Microsoft Corp. and the world entrepreneurship forum.  To date NB has approximately 70 schools designated as, or in the process of being designated as, community schools.  Earlier this week, the Province of NB announced another school has received UNESCO Community School Designation.  That is a significant difference from the trend seen in NS, where boards across the province are attempting to close, not leverage community schools.

 
See the documents attached below for more information about this innovative program and its success.

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