The Manitoba government is welcoming new and returning members to the 2023-24 Student Advisory Council, Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced today.
“Our government would like to congratulate the council from last year, as well as the new and returning members being appointed to the 2023-24 Student Advisory Council. I thank everyone for their commitment to education in Manitoba and express my appreciation for their willingness to serve on the council,” said Ewasko. “I look forward to hearing directly from the members of this year’s council on what is needed to improve and maintain positive student outcomes and well-being in Manitoba schools.”
The Student Advisory Council reports directly to the minister of education and early childhood learning, and provides insights and advice on current and emerging issues and topics affecting kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
“My first year on the council provided me with an excellent opportunity to learn how our education system works with students from all over Manitoba to get their input on the problems that directly affect us,” said Samantha Martinussen, returning member, Student Advisory Council. “As a second-year member, I will use the sum of the knowledge and skills that I have gained or enhanced over my first year on the council to support any new students, supporting enhanced engagement, interaction, and a safe space for them.”
During the 2022-23 term, council members met six times to discuss and provide input on various topics, which helped to inform several of Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan priority items, including:
- remote learning;
- physical education and science curricula;
- student engagement and youth leadership;
- school leadership;
- the Poverty and Education Task Force; and
- the Access to Menstrual Products Initiative.
This year’s council will be made up of 30 Manitoba youth aged 14 to 18 from across the province. Council members for 2023-24 will serve a 12-month term starting this August and ending in August 2024. The final meeting of the 2022-23 council is scheduled to take place before the end of July. This will be a joint meeting with the 2023-24 council members, where both councils will have an opportunity to meet with the minister.
The creation and implementation of the Student Advisory Council was one of the priority actions in Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan, which responds to recommendations from the report of the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to 12 Education.
For more information on the 2023-24 Student Advisory Council and a complete list of student members, visit www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/action_plan/studentadvisorycouncil.html.
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