Educators have their say

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week, Nunavut’s first-ever education advisory committee spent a day and a half giving advice to education minister Ed Picco on such subjects as truancy, literacy, the Education Act, adult learning, training and the role of Inuktitut in the classroom.

“It’s very important for me and for the department to hear directly from the educators who work in the daycares, the classrooms and the college. When we’re planning changes to the education system, it’s essential that we do what makes the best sense for everyone involved,” Picco said in a GN news release on the meeting.

The committee was established earlier this year and its members — Bill Copper, Louise Flaherty, Beverly Ford, Tracey Hanlon, Jessie Lyall, Wade Morrison, Linda Pameolik, Meeko Qamaniq, Kotoo Toonoo and Dawn Tweedie — all have experience as educators. Navarana Beveridge represents Nunavut Tunngavik on the committee.

“There are many, many people involved in education. It’s important that we recognize the expertise they have and use it as much as possible,” Picco said.

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