Parent booklet aims to support families in Francophone minority settings



    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF)
is pleased to participate in the joint launch of a new parent booklet entitled
Dream big, little by little/Voir grand, petit à petit, in cooperation with the
Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF) and l'Association
canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF), two highly respected
national Francophone organizations.
    "An estimated one million Francophone Canadians are now living in
provinces or territories where French is a minority language," explains CTF
President Emily Noble. "Every year, an increasing number of Francophone
Canadians start families with non-Francophone partners. The majority wish to
continue a tradition of French-language education for their young ones.
    "Our three organizations set out to help these families in their quest to
place the Francophone culture at the heart of their homes. The booklet will
hopefully -- little by little -- help children under the age of five build a
Francophone identity that will last a lifetime and beyond," explains Noble.
    The 24-page booklet, a collection of easy-to-read suggestions, aims to
help families in Francophone minority settings instill in their young children
a love of their own Francophone culture and language before they start school.
    "What is unique about this booklet is that the English section is not a
mere translation of the French but a carefully crafted adaptation which is
geared to the needs of the Anglophone parent. Parent focus group discussions
were our guiding light as we compiled this information. The French version of
the booklet targets the Francophone parent. In its entirety, the booklet
represents a marriage of information for the benefit of their children's
educational growth.
    "CTF has long been a defender of the right of Francophones to quality
education in their language and to the governance of their schools," explains
the CTF President.
    "Thanks to federal government funding, we are proud of this latest
initiative which will be added to our collection of resources now available to
teachers, students and families in Francophone minority settings," concludes
the President. For more information and to order this booklet, visit our Web
site at www.ctf-fce.ca.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF
(http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of
teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).




For further information:

For further information: Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to
Francophones, (613) 232-1505; Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of
Communications, (613) 232-1505, ext. 130


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