Are you interested in education in Sackville? Please join the Mayor of Sackville on Thursday, April 27 for a public discussion about education. This event will focus on NB's 10-Yr Education plan and what that means for Sackville's schools. Key speakers include Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Gregg Ingersoll, Anglophone East School District Superintendent.
A vision of community hub schools with innovative curriculum developments and delivery is not some fantastical dream. Here in Sackville and across the province, educators are beginning the shift toward experiential learning and outdoor education. We must celebrate it, systematize it, and facilitate more movement toward a 21st century education to prepare our children for a changing world.
Change is on the horizon and we believe that Sackville is well positioned to be the first New Brunswick community to respond to this new, multi-million dollar provincial fund through the creation of a CEDC with education at its core. The time is right for education as the engine of our local economy.
Community-engaged learning represents a true partnership between students and educators across all educational levels, as well as a range of community partners, local and provincial governments, businesses and non-profit groups. This model would give students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and lecture halls and apply what they are learning in a real-world setting, addressing real-world issues and problems at the local and regional level.
Sackville is a wonderful place to live and work and it is important to recognize that the central economic and cultural driving force in our community is the educational opportunity offered here. At a very practical level though, the Sackville system of schools, as well as Mount Allison, as a publicly funded university, act in silos and do not often collaborate in creating a learning community.
Sackville Schools 2020 has had a busy start to 2016. We have been working on crafting our recommendation to the local District Education Council (DEC), as well as meeting with principals and students, our local MLA, and other stakeholders. We'll be reaching out to many parties across the province and beyond who have a role to play in the education system.
The time is here for a new model of public education for Sackville students. There are two main reasons that Sackville Schools 2020 came into being. First of all, two of the three K-12 public school facilities in Sackville are in need of a large investment of money in order to repair the issues they face. Secondly, the public school system is under review across the country and we want this community to have a voice in creating a 21st century model that meets the needs of our children.