FREDERICTON (GNB) – Diversity and respect leads have been hired as part of an effort to support a safe, welcoming and affirming school environment for all New Brunswick students.

“One of the objectives in our 10-year education plans is to ensure that all learners value diversity and have a strong sense of belonging,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “The staff we now have in place are doing great work throughout the districts to ensure that all learning environments are physically, socially, and culturally inclusive and are responsive to the diversity of learners and their families.”

Diversity and respect leads are teachers specialized in this area. The 15 leads are working in all school districts in both the francophone and anglophone sectors on issues such as LGBTQ inclusive education, creating welcoming and inclusive environments for newcomer learners and their families, and promoting positive pro-social behaviors.

“We are highlighting these leads today on Pink Shirt Day,” said Kenny. “Pink Shirt Day is an excellent opportunity to promote and celebrate diversity and respect in schools and in our communities. I encourage all New Brunswickers to take part in this important conversation.”

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