MONCTON (GNB) – Fifteen New Brunswick teachers are volunteering their time to build a tiny house. Once complete, it will be given to the Oromocto First Nation to be used by the community.

“One of the objectives of our 10-year education plans is to improve access and exposure to trades,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Giving teachers the opportunity to do this kind of hands-on work will help them to better engage with their students in the classroom.”

Over four days the Grade 9-12 trades, science, and math teachers will construct the exterior of a tiny house. The professional learning workshop will include cross-curricular learning activities integrating research, design, math, science, and construction.

The project is the result of a partnership involving the department, school districts, Kent Homes, Kent Building Supplies, Richelieu Hardware Canada, and the New Brunswick Community College (Moncton Campus).

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.