McGuinty Government Gives 60 Students The Chance To Advise The Minister
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -
Sixty students from across the province had their first opportunity to
provide advice to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding
the publicly funded education system.
Known as the Minister's Student Advisory Council, the council had their
first meeting today. They will continue to meet several times a year to
provide their advice and ideas to the minister.
This advisory council is one part of Student Voice, the government's
Student Engagement Strategy. Other components include:
- Student-led SpeakUp projects developed to help students get more
engaged in learning and their school community.
- Regional forums that provide an opportunity for students to give the
ministry feedback on a variety of education topics.
- Stronger student councils that work more actively with their faculty
advisors on school initiatives to improve student engagement and
become more inclusive.
Empowering students is a key component of the government's strategy to
engage students in their learning; leading to increased student achievement
and more students graduating.
"The evidence shows that the more involved students are, the more they
achieve. I value the student voice and encourage all students to speak up."
- Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
"I am honoured to be part of this landmark opportunity. I want to help
encourage all students to share their vision and voice."
- Chantel King-Gilliard, member of the Minister's Student Advisory
- The 60 students on the advisory council are in grades 7 to 12, and
come from all parts of the education system (English/French,
Public/Catholic) and regions of the province.
- Almost 1,000 students across Ontario applied to be part of the
Minister's Student Advisory Council.
See a list of
participating on the advisory council.
As part of Student
Voice(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/index.html), thousands of
students across the province are also benefiting from about 1,200 successful
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For further information:
For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY 1-800-263-2892