REGINA, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - This year marks the 40th anniversary of Explore (formerly the Summer Language Bursary Program),
which was established in 1971 by the federal government and the
provinces and territories to foster the study of French and English as
a second language among Canada's youth.
Since its inception, Explore has grown to be a genuine tradition. Each
year, thousands of students from across the country pack their bags and
head to one of the many universities and colleges that offer Explore's
five-week intensive immersion course, where they leave their mother
tongue behind to embark on a journey of discovery — both of another
language and of another culture.
Students stay in residence or board with local families and are engaged
every day in full-day language-learning experiences that include formal
instruction, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
Since the program was first launched, close to one quarter million young people have taken up the challenge of learning their second
official language and increasing their understanding of English- and
"I know I speak for all ministers responsible for education when I say
how proud I am of the success of Explore. It is now part of our
cultural fabric," said the Honourable Diane McGifford, Chair of the
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and Manitoba's
Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy. "CMEC is committed to
continuing Canada's long tradition of quality official-languages
education, both through individual provincial and territorial
initiatives and through pan-Canadian programs like Explore."
Fortieth-anniversary gala celebrations will take place later today in
Regina, Saskatchewan, where course directors of the postsecondary
educational institutions that offer Explore are gathered for their
annual meeting. Other commemorative events will take place throughout
the 2011 spring and summer immersion sessions.
More about Explore
For more information about Explore, visit www.myexplore.ca. Explore is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and is
administered by provinces and territories, in cooperation with CMEC.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the fulfillment of the
constitutional jurisdiction for education conferred on the provinces
and territories. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca
SOURCE Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
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