Manitoba Government Releases 2021-22 Student Advisory Council Annual Report

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[October 5, 2022] First Council Successful in Sharing Views, Input on Education System: Ewasko

Manitoba’s Student Advisory Council’s first annual report has been released by the Manitoba government, Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced today.

“This dedicated and diverse group of young people, who represent their peers across Manitoba, have provided us with valuable experience and insight on how we can ensure all Manitoba students succeed, no matter where they live, their backgrounds or their individual circumstances,” said Ewasko. “It is important that we learn first-hand what students across the province have experienced and their thoughts on what is working and how we can improve and modernize the education system. I thank them for their contributions.”

The 2021-22 council participated in nine engagements, covering such topics as poverty and education, mental health and well-being, curriculum and assessment, student presence and attendance, Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan and virtual and in-person discussions with the minister. The annual report outlines how members:

  • participated in discussions and consultations to provide input on various aspects of the education system;
  • brought insights to the department to help inform its work; and
  • provided feedback on department projects and worked collaboratively with fellow council members to provide input into education-related projects and initiatives.

At their final in-person meeting, council members presented their 2021-22 annual report to the minister and received formal certificates to recognize their contributions.

The minister noted he met with the incoming council in late September.

“Our first meeting with this year’s council was extremely productive and I look forward to the input from these students,” said Ewasko. “Their participation in our work is invaluable to building a stronger education system across the province.”

Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning’s Student Advisory Council was launched in March 2021 in response to recommendations from Manitoba’s Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12. Thirty Manitoba youth aged 14 to 18 from across the province served 12-month terms on the 2021-22 council.

The role of the council is to provide its experience, insights and advice on current and emerging issues and topics relevant to kindergarten to Grade 12 students and the education system.

To read the report and find more information on Manitoba’s Student Advisory Council, visit https://edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/action_plan/studentadvisorycouncil.html.

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