Program focuses on building students’ confidence

November 5, 2014

Educators in Lethbridge, Alberta’s school district 51 are highlighting the benefits of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit programming in practice at all district schools. The primary objective of the program is to encourage confidence and appreciation in the students, and consists of initiatives such as high school literacy intervention, Aboriginal studies, mentorship groups, and a program called “career quest” that includes extensive career preparation. “I was able to accept myself more because of this and I was able to meet so many great people,” said one student. Sarah Heimbecker, lead teacher of the programs, said, “the reward is building that sense of belonging in the school, allowing our kids to be leaders in the district in terms of any type of FNMI programming.” Global News