VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank, with the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation today announced the creation of the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, which will assist in the improvement of K-12 education across Canada.
"The Centre will seek out ways to remove the structural impediments to improvement that exist in provincial education systems. These hurdles must be overcome so that we can raise the bar for education from coast to coast," said Peter Cowley, the Centre's director.
"We are guided by the principle that all schools, whether public or private, can do better."
Research conducted by the Centre for Improvement in Education will explore practical solutions to the challenges parents face as they pursue the best possible education for their children.
Named for the late Barbara Mitchell, daughter of Mr. W. Garfield Weston, the Centre was established with the generous support of its founding donor, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
"As the mother of six children and a trained teacher, access to the best education for every Canadian child was a lifelong concern for our mother. We are proud to support this initiative in her name," said Eliza Mitchell, director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
National in scope and importance, the Centre will be the only non-government initiative of its kind in Canada. It will initially focus on three areas: improvement in teacher effectiveness, improvement in essential curricula, and increased school choice for families.
Additional support for the Centre will be sought from other philanthropic foundations, corporations, and individuals over the coming months. Organizations and individuals who believe in the Centre's mission will also be invited to become involved in its work.
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The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with locations across North America and partnerships in more than 80 countries. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950's by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father's company and during his life established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing, processing and distribution. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada.Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and science in Canada's North.