CHARLOTTETOWN (GNB) – Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny participated in meetings this week in Prince Edward Island with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the council. Since 1967, it has been an integral part of the education landscape in Canada, bringing together ministers of education from all provinces and territories and playing a role in the country’s decentralized education model.

“Your government understands that investing in education is crucial,” said Kenny. “I was pleased to participate in this important conference to learn from other provinces and territories what they are doing, and to share some of the work we are doing to achieve the objectives in our 10-year education plans.”

Some of the topics discussed during the conference included indigenous education and addressing the calls to action as set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as technology education, math skills and strategies, and global competencies.

Kenny chaired the council’s pan-Canadian working group on global competencies. During the conference, he presented a proposal outlining the development of assessment tools to support system change and learner competence. The proposal was unanimously endorsed and will be developed as part of a national framework.

As well, the CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions was released. The framework, which includes shared perspectives on transitions, a benchmarking tool, and an action-plan template, is intended to provide guidance based on best practices. Each province and territory will be able to use elements of the framework that best suit its objectives in measuring how well its education system is helping learners move successfully from high school to post-secondary education and into the labour force.

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.