Giving Students A Stronger Voice



    McGuinty Government Gives 60 Students The Chance To Advise The Minister

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    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.

    QUOTES

    "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
       Council


    QUICK FACTS

    -   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.
    

    LEARN MORE

    See a list of
students(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/studentsChart09.pdf)
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
SpeakUp projects.

    
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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

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