Education week is taking place from April 14 - 20 and provides an opportunity for education partners to acknowledge educators, school support staff and education partners for their outstanding work. Each year celebrates a different theme, this year we are celebrating the them of Inclusive Education.
Collectively, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Federation of Home & School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the Public-School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Council on African Canadian Education, and the Council on Mi'kmaq Education collaborate to celebrate Education Week.
NSFHSA have been busy updating and editing the welcome package for members and this will be available soon for all new members.
I would like to share with you an opportunity that NSFHSA recently received from the Sunlife Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Dalhousie University/IWK Health Centre to attend a presentation on Cannabis, Mental Health and Youth. This event was sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and Teenmentalhealth.org and took place on Bell Let’s Talk Day (January 30). Two members of NSFHSA were in attendance at this event and gathered lots of information.
As you may be aware the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently conducted a provision school bus review and survey. NSFHSA provided a submission for the provincial school bus review and look forward to hearing the results of the review when it is released.
Through the Special Education Program Services (SEPS) NSFHSA has participated in the policy framework for inclusive education in Nova Scotia.
NSFHSA continues to work in support of education for all students in Nova Scotia and will keep you updated on events and news as we receive information.
Did you know that Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program?
NSFHSA is supporting Nourish Nova Scotia in their campaign 'Speak Up' requesting the federal government to invest in a national school food program.
Research has shown that children who eat nutritious food not only helps them feel better but also to learn better. We know that not all children have access or time to eat before arriving at school. The health of children is therefore a federal concern and NSFHSA has signed the petition and will be writing to MPs and we invite you to join the campaign, sign the petition and share information with parents/guardians/students to raise awareness of this campaign.
More information can be found on Nourish Nova Scotia's website https://www.nourishns.ca/speakup