Giving Students A Stronger Voice

    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(, thousands of
students across the province are also benefiting from about 1,200 successful
SpeakUp projects.

                                                      Disponible en français

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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