Nova Scotia students are promoting respectful citizenship in schools across our province, and they are making a difference.
Young people across the province are taking action to address the difficult issues facing their schools and communities.
Several students attended a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, February 25, to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award.
As the Minister of Education, I had the honour of joining Lieutenant Governor J. J. Grant at the ceremony, and I was proud to acknowledge their achievements.
The award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive e spaces, where bullying is not accepted and respectful, responsible relationships are promoted.
Recipients were selected by an advisory committee of representatives from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nova Scotia School Board Association, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations and La Federation des parents acadiens de la Novelle-Ecosse.
From Colchester County, Mary Clarissa MacLean, Valley, who is a student at Cobequid Education Centre was one of the recipients. She joined 18 other recipients from across the province at the special ceremony held at Province House in Halifax.
As Minister of Education, I released an Action Plan for Public Schools on January 29, 2015. Many of the actions focused on developing young citizens who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Curriculum focuses on volunteerism, civics, Canadian government and citizenship, personal financial management, media and digital literacy and service learning. Leadership is designed to challenge and reward our youth. In addition we are introducing a mandatory course in 21st Century Citizenship at Grade 10. This course will be required to graduate.
It is important to celebrate and support our young students, and it is our collective responsibility to deliver on that commitment.
Karen Casey, MLA