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Education and Early Childhood Development
January 14, 2016 1:34 PM
More Nova Scotia students in grades 9 to 12 will have access to hands-on learning in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship this school year.
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced an enhanced partnership between government and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia today, Jan. 14.
"The business community and education can work together to provide students with more opportunities to learn about career choices and the world of business," said Ms. Casey.
"By expanding the delivery of Junior Achievement to students in all school boards, we will stimulate their innovation, creativity, problem-solving skills, personal initiative and teamwork, and help develop our future entrepreneurs."
Partnering with local businesses and ensuring access to Junior Achievement programs in all school boards is one way government is modernizing the education system as part of Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education.
Government is increasing funding to Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia to $125,000 for the 2015-16 school year, up from $50,000, to expand the delivery of programs that will enhance and support learning at different grade levels:
-- all grade 9 students in 382 classes across the province will participate in the Economics for Success program, which improves students' ability to plan and manage their education and financial futures by helping develop employability and interpersonal effectiveness.
-- expand the Company Program to high school students in all school boards and increase the number of program offerings from 29 to 35. The program enhances critical-thinking, presentation and leadership skills.
-- double the number of Dollars with Sense programs delivered to Grade 10 students. The program increases knowledge of financial planning techniques, improves financial literacy, numeracy and personal management, and boosts self-confidence and the ability to make wise investment choices.
"Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy," said Kristin Williams, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.
"We are pleased to partner with government to enhance curriculum offerings. By producing more financially literate graduates with leadership potential, we can contribute to our province's economic prosperity."
Junior Achievement will also work to increase after-school participation in the personal development credit program offered through the department. Labour and Advanced Education announced last month that government will also provide $25,000 to Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia for the opportunity to reach more than 10,000 students across the province to deliver student assistance information, starting in Grade 9.
Expanding the delivery of Junior Achievement in all school boards is part of government's action plan that focuses on fundamental changes to renew, refocus and rebuild the education system for the first time in a generation. The action plan can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/ .
For more information on Junior Achievement, visit www.janovascotia.ca
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More Nova Scotia students in grades 9 to 12 will have access to hands-on learning in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship this school year. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced an enhanced partnership between government and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia today (January 14th).
Government will provide $125,000 for the 2015-16 school year to Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia to expand the delivery of programs that will enhance and support learning at different grade levels.
Media contact: Michelle L. Lucas
For Immediate Release
Halifax, N.S. – Today, the Nova Scotia Government announced a partnership with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia that will ensure Nova Scotia students are provided with information about student assistance beginning in grade nine. StudentsNS celebrates the government’s partnership as it will mean that are students are better equipped to make financial decisions surrounding post-secondary education.
“Growing up in this province, it would have helped me to have important financial information earlier so I could effectively plan my post-secondary journey,” said Chair of StudentsNS, Fallis Thompson. “As students, we are always looking for ways to pay for our education and it is important we know about student assistance earlier.
Especially with the cost of education increasing, every student must have accurate information surrounding the opportunities to finance their education. This, however, does not remove the responsibility of government to make post-secondary education more affordable for our students. Direct investments into the system are still needed at the post-secondary level.
“It is our mandate at StudentsNS to ensure that Nova Scotia has a accessible, affordable, post-secondary system that is of the highest quality,” Nick Head-Petersen, Executive Director said. “A strong student assistance program is essential to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend post-secondary education.”
StudentsNS has consistently prioritized student assistance investments and has achieved results. Over the past three years, StudentsNS has successfully advocated for the grant to loan ratio to increase from 30/70 to 40/60, increases to the weekly maximum student assistance allowed, and the elimination of interest on provincial student loans.
In addition to this advocacy work, StudentsNS published a report about transforming the student assistance program in 2013 that can be found here. This StudentNS report called for exactly what the government has partnered with Junior Achievement to do: “deliver timely, accurate information on post-secondary education and student financial assistance to students within Nova Scotia’s public education system.”
This partnership will ensure the proper information about student assistance is delivered to students when they are beginning to think about post-secondary education and allow them to make appropriate plans to achieve their goals.
FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Nick Head-Petersen, Executive Director, StudentsNS
Phone: 902 293 7232
Fallis Thompson, Chair of StudentsNS
Phone: 902 585 2127
Students Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit and non-partisan advocacy and research group that represents post-secondary students from across Nova Scotia. Our members include Acadia, Cape Breton, Saint Mary’s, and St. Francis Xavier Universities, the Kingstec and Annapolis Valley Campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College, and the Atlantic School of Theology.