Education is key to New Brunswick’s economic future and social fabric. That is why education is one of government’s top priorities. In fact, the provincial government has invested more in education than ever before. In 2017-18, government increased the budget of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by $56 million, or 4.9 per cent.
Government undertook extensive public consultation and from that developed a 10-year education plan for each linguistic sector that focuses on defining the challenges facing New Brunswick and the outcomes needed to overcome them. The Anglophone 10-year education plan, Everyone at Their Best, and the Francophone 10-year education plan, Donnons à nos enfants une longueur d’avance (Giving our Children an Edge), include specific objectives, such as:
- Ensure all learners develop the competencies they need to be successful in school and in life;
- Ensure all learners value diversity and have a strong sense of belonging; and
- Ensure all students value and understand the culture and history of First Nation People and support First Nation students’ identity building.
Government has been taking action on these plans:
- The primary areas of focus for the first year are literacy, numeracy, career and life readiness, and early childhood development.
- A performance management process will be used to establish objectives and track progress.
- The provincial government invested $19.5 million this year to ensure the successful implementation of the plans through initiatives such as hiring teachers and other professionals, professional development for teachers, additional resource materials and literacy initiatives.
- Fourteen diversity and respect leads were put in place to support a safe, welcoming and affirming school environment for all New Brunswick students through working on issues such as LGBTQ inclusive education, creating welcoming and inclusive environments for newcomer learners and their families, and promoting positive pro-social behaviours.
- In addition, 36 literacy leads were put in place to work in every school district.
Updated: August 2017
MEDIA CONTACT(S): Kelly Cormier, communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, (506) 444-5395, firstname.lastname@example.org