A World of Learning for Every Student
“A World of Learning for Every Student!” This is a dynamic and meaningful statement; it is the theme of Education Week being observed the week of October 14 to 20 here in Saskatchewan. October 5th was World Teacher’s Day, and thanks to all our teachers for their dedication to better learning in our classrooms.
I enjoy visiting the schools in the Moose Jaw North Constituency. On several occasions it has been a pleasure to have school classes from Moose Jaw North visit the Legislature and be introduced in the House of Assembly at the commencement of daily legislative proceedings. It is impressive to see the enthusiasm of the staff and students alike regarding the legislative process.
I also appreciate visiting students in their classrooms here in Moose Jaw when I am invited. This provides an opportunity to speak to a class about our legislative proceedings and the democratic process. The teachers and students are generally well prepared with relevant questions. I also welcome invitations to attend school events; reading stories to younger students, enjoying music and drama presentations, and I never turn down the invitation to the fantastic Thanksgiving meal at Lindale School. Every visit demonstrates the truly remarkable dedication of our school staff and administration and the quality education system we have in Saskatchewan.
The Ministry of Education is committed to the success and well-being of all Saskatchewan learners and the enhancement of literacy for all Saskatchewan people. By putting the needs of each and every student first, we will ensure that our province has a highly-skilled and highly-educated population that will contribute to the success of our province. This commitment is demonstrated in our budget as the Ministry of Education budget is the second-highest investment in our province, second only to the Ministry of Health.
In our Saskatchewan Plan for Growth – our government’s vision for 2020 and beyond – two of our key goals are to improve reading levels and increase graduation rates. The positive results can be seen, the latest data shows a 10 per cent increase in Grade 3 students reading at or above grade level compared to 2013, and the provincial graduation rate is the highest it has been in 20 years. Our schools and education partners have been working hard to achieve these targets and give all of our students the chance to succeed.
The 2009 Inspiring Success – Building Towards Student Achievement: First Nations and Métis Education Policy Framework was revisited and updated. In June of this year, Inspiring Success: First Nations and Métis PreK-12 Education Policy Framework –2018 was released. It continues to guide the development of First Nations and Métis education plans at the provincial, school division and school levels, and to ensure that Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing continue to shape the learning experience for all students.
Education Week is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the quality of education presented in Saskatchewan and to say thank you to anyone who is involved in educating our children. Thank you for providing “A World of Learning” for our students.