Department of Education, UNESCO sign agreement to expand entrepreneurial community schools program



    FREDERICTON, June 3 /CNW/ - An innovative instructional approach
encouraging students to become interested in entrepreneurism, already
available in some francophone schools in New Brunswick, will be made available
to the rest of Canada and to other countries under a landmark agreement signed
today.
    Education Minister Kelly Lamrock and David A. Walden, secretary-general
of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Science
and Cultural Organization), signed the agreement to expand the entrepreneurial
community schools (ECS) program. The provincial government and UNESCO both
described this agreement as a Canadian first.
    "I have seen all the benefits of this concept for our young people, who
are encouraged to demonstrate a high degree of autonomy, ingenuity,
creativity, innovation, and community engagement," said Lamrock. "They also
benefit from learning approaches that help them to perform better in literacy,
math, science, and other basic subjects. Developing entrepreneurial
individuals between kindergarten and Grade 12 is one of the keys to our
achieving self-sufficiency."
    The ECS approach is designed to develop an entrepreneurial spirit within
children, starting at an early age. Children are given the opportunity to
pursue independent learning and develop a conscious sense of entrepreneurship.
In other words, the ECS approach strives to help each student become a child
entrepreneur.
    "In the past three years, our government has been encouraging innovation
and new ways of learning," said Lamrock. "As with the last agreement with
Microsoft, this new partnership confirms that New Brunswick is now recognized
globally for its educational innovations. The ECS concept could be reproduced
in the countries of the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. We
can celebrate this success very proudly."
    It will be possible to extend the ECS approach around the world through
the Associated Schools Project Network and the network of 193 UNESCO national
commissions.
    "UNESCO has always made an effort to promote a particular concept of the
building of knowledge societies," said Walden. "UNESCO's Associated Schools
Project, of which Canada has been a member for approximately 10 years, and the
ECS are a perfect illustration of this. Under this agreement, we hope to be
able to open inclusive, equitable, and participatory knowledge societies.
    "Published in 1996 but still relevant, the report of the International
Commission on Education for the 21st Century, also known as the Delors Report,
contributed to this reflection. Lifelong learning is based on four pillars of
education: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and
learning to be. This statement has a universal and timeless validity."
    The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the aegis of the Canada
Council for the Arts. It acts as a forum for governments and civil society;
and it mobilizes the participation of Canadian organizations and committed
individuals in UNESCO's mandated areas: education, natural and social
sciences, culture and communications and information.




For further information:

For further information: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of
Education, (506) 444-4714; Alysouk Lynhiavu, co-ordinator, national
secretariat, Associated Schools Project Network, UNESCO, (613) 295-9560

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