Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program yields billions in social benefits: study

October 2, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute has resulted in billions of benefits for the province, according to a new study by by USask Economics Professor Eric Howe. According to Howe’s research, SUNTEP grads are helping future Indigenous students persist in the their education, the social benefit of which ranges from $13.6B in the “low scenario” to almost $40B in the “high scenario.” “The purpose of the report is to point out that a brain is an extraordinarily expensive thing to waste,” said Howe. “Saskatchewan has a population of just over a million people. We are best-off as a province if all of those people are productively employed, those that want to be productively employed are and are well paid.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix | CBC |NationTalk