This region of the province, the Burin Peninsula, is developing its own fair share of young citizens today who will be responsible members of society tomorrow. And it’s rooted in our education system. Last week, there were representatives of every school on the peninsula at the Eastern School District’s Burin regional science fair. Individual schools had their students apply themselves to produce excellent displays. There were a number of award winners and two young students will be among the representatives at the Canada wide fair in Winnipeg this May.
Not only do we have aspiring scientists but also budding orators with individual schools again hosting speakouts, with students advancing to the Lions and Knights of Columbus provincial and district speakouts.
The education program also delves into the political system with schools holding their own democratically run elections, for mock community councils or even their own student councils. It’s the basis and the spark for the politicians of the future.
Soon there will be school heritage fairs, with eventual winners moving as well to national fairs.
Early in April, the regional drama festivals begin with these winners advancing to the provincial high school festivals.
These educational adventures are offset by the opportunities in all sports with young people travelling to compete and interact with others of their own age.
Schooling is no longer the little two or three room building on the hill, near the centre of the community. School is now a regional facility that helps to open up the region, province, country and the world to students.
If the school is not large enough to have enough students to offer a specific program, then computers allow these students another opportunity (distance education) to delve into their area of study and not be left behind because the apparatus to achieve was not available.
In the past month, two Burin Peninsula students – one from St. Lawrence and the other from Marystown – have been recognized for their abilities and accomplishments to date with offers of large scholarships from notable universities.
The student of today is a lot different than the student of yesterday.
He/she is a lot more confident and aware of their opportunities to achieve lofty goals.
When you look into the face of your son or daughter, you realize the education program of today will carry them much further than the day our generation graduated high school. The age of technology has encircled our youth, and is leading them on the path of a marvelous and wonderful future.