French-lan­guage schools en­joy­ing in­creased en­rol­ment, other suc­cesses

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A pro­mo­tion cam­paign is be­ing cred­ited with help­ing pro­duce sig­nif­i­cant en­rol­ment in the six French-lan­guage schools in P.E.I.

The schools taught 868 pupils in 2016-2017 and ex­pect to host 937 pupils in 2017-2018. At that rate of growth, the Com­mis­sion sco­laire de langue française (CSLF) of Prince Ed­ward Is­land ex­pects to wel­come 1,200 stu­dents in 2021.

The CSLF also achieved suc­cess in col­lab­o­ra­tions with other Aca­dian and fran­co­phone or­ga­ni­za­tions in the province.

Its con­tri­bu­tion to the As­so­ci­a­tion des cen­tres de la petite en­fance fran­co­phones will help P.E.I.’s six French-lan­guage day­cares bet­ter wel­come, so­cial­ize and teach French to even­tual CSLF stu­dents.

Its con­tri­bu­tion to the draft­ing of the 2017-2027 Global De­vel­op­ment Plan for the Aca­dian and Fran­co­phone com­mu­nity will en­sure that CSLF ac­tiv­i­ties are in­te­grated with those of other or­ga­ni­za­tions and that ed­u­ca­tion re­mains the pri­or­ity sec­tor of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

Ren­o­va­tions con­tin­ued in 2016-2017 to the La-BelleCloche school in Souris as well as the open­ing of a new mu­sic class­room at École-sur-Mer in Sum­mer­side.

How­ever, the province re­fused to add the se­condary level to École-sur-Mer and to ren­o­vate the École Évangé­line and École

De­blois.

Fi­nally, the CSLF bal­anced its bud­get in 2016-2017.

The CSLF says it will re­peat its re­quests to the province for in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment needs, im­prove the qual­ity of its pro­grams and ser­vices, pur­sue its pro­mo­tion cam­paign, and con­tinue its col­lab­o­ra­tion with the other Aca­dian and fran­co­phone or­gan­i­sa­tions of P.E.I.

It also plans to en­sure that the next Fed­eral-Provin­cial Of­fi­cial Lan­guage Agree­ment on French-lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides the re­quired fund­ing to con­tinue to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and ser­vices and as­sume its cul­tural man­date. Pierre-Chi­as­son in

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