Educational Institutions Must Tie Their Activities to the Vitality of the Communities They Serve

MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) recognizes that schools are a cornerstone of the vitality of English-speaking communities and believes that Education Act should enhance the responsibility of our educational institutions to serve their communities.

"We believe educational institutions must tie their activities to the vitality of the communities they serve,'" commented QCGN Vice-president Geoffrey Chambers, noting that Bill 105 makes minimal reference to community and that the few references appear as an add-on rather than as a defined responsibility. "We believe that responsibility for community, social, cultural and economic development must be included in the Educational Projects of our educational institutions and the Commitment-to-Success Plans of our school boards."

In a brief submitted to the Committee on Culture and Education this week, the QCGN argues that school boards, schools, as well as adult and vocational centres must support the development and vitality of their respective communities. QCGN, which represents 48 groups across Quebec, insists that this responsibility should be clearly defined within the Education Act rather than being discretionary on the part of educational institutions.

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 48 English-language community organizations across Quebec. As a centre of evidence-based expertise and collective action, it identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec and encourages dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.

 

SOURCE Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)

For further information: Rita Legault, Director of Communications and Public Relations | rita.legault@qcgn.ca, Telephone: 514-868-9044, ext. 223 | Cellular: 514-912-6555

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