Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pedagogiques

April 30, 2009 09:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: French Language Education Launches Major Initiative in Support of Ontario's French Schools

TIMMINS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) -

ATTN - EDUCATION REPORTERS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS

WHAT:

Ontario's French-language Education system, unveils a groundbreaking, province-wide campaign to promote the province's French-language schools and bilingual colleges and universities. Funding from Heritage Canada has made this initiative possible. Please join us in viewing the launch, broadcast live via webcast from Ottawa.(i)

WHY:

- Ontario is home to the largest Francophone population outside of Quebec, yet many of those entitled to French-language education are unaware of their constitutional right to have their children educated in one of Ontario's more than 400 publicly funded French-language schools.

- French-language Education (FLE) is a public school system that spans from junior kindergarten to high school. The French-language system also includes twelve post-secondary establishments across Ontario. All French-language School Boards offer full day junior and senior kindergarten to four and five year old children, free of charge.

- Students enrolled in French-language schools have the opportunity to become fully bilingual. Not only do they learn in French in a French cultural setting, but they also follow the English curriculum delivered in English schools in Ontario.

- FLE's partnership with French-language services in the community enhances the student's learning experience and contributes to the vibrant and dynamic cultural make-up of our province and country.

- Recruiting and retaining students in FLE programs is crucial to the preservation and growth of Francophone culture in Ontario.

WHO:

Mr. Gilles Leroux, Executive Director, CFORP (via webcast)

Michel Perron, agent de developpement communautaire - Elargir l'espace francophone

WHERE:

Cedar Meadows Resort

1000 Norman Street

Timmins, ON

WHEN:

Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET

(i) Please note, this event will be hosted in French only. English materials will be available at the presentation or by request.

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