Golden fu­ture

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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