Mr. Speaker, Adult Basic Education programs are often the first steps many adult students in Nunavut take towards entering a certificate or diploma program. These preparatory programs are essential tools for establishing pathways to Nunavut employment, for personal development, and a higher education for adult Nunavutmiut who have not attained a high school diploma or equivalency.
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to inform my fellow members that the Government of Canada will contribute $11,001,559 over the next five years, from 2011 until 2016, to assist the Arctic College in improving adult basic education programming in Nunavut.
These enhancements to our adult basic education programming will greatly assist our government in meeting our Tamapta goal of reducing the gaps between those who are unemployed and our territory’s growing job opportunities.
Mr. Speaker, Nunavut Arctic College will use these funds to develop new culturally relevant curriculum that incorporates Internet learning technologies and best practices in adult education.
We will develop new, creative, and flexible strategies to serve more adult students, including but not limited to self-directed learning, online learning, multiple intakes, enrolment management, culturally appropriate assessments, and more Inuktitut adult learning resources. We will be able to deliver more in the communities.
In partnership with the Department of Education, we will develop and deliver a new Nunavut adult high school diploma and more career development workshops for our learners.
Mr. Speaker, some of the funding will be directed through improvements, such as audio enhancements in the classroom for the hearing impaired.
We will hire more adult educators and elders into our classrooms.
Mr. Speaker, with this injection of funds to enhance adult upgrading programs, we will be able to eliminate some of the barriers that are currently holding our students back. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.