first_imgA highly respected educator is being appointed to help African Nova Scotian students reach their full potential through an improvement in the delivery of education and services. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, Feb. 14, that Dwayne Provo will serve as African Nova Scotia Regional Education Officer in the province. The appointment is one of the recommendations outlined in the recently released Kids and Learning First plan. “Our Kids and Learning First plan is about ensuring all students receive a quality education and complements the Reality Check report, which will help make life better for African Nova Scotian students,” said Ms. Jennex. Reality Check contains 68 recommendations and was released in December 2009 after a review of government programs and supports to Nova Scotia’s estimated 4,000 students of African ancestry. Mr. Provo, a former provincial administrator who addressed African Nova Scotian issues, will focus on ensuring the reports’ recommendations are being effectively implemented. He will also serve as the liaison between the Education minister and school boards. “It is important that we continue to develop more curriculum that reflects all students in addition to encouraging the employment of African Nova Scotian teachers,” said Mr. Provo. “We also want to improve the lines of communication and get all African Nova Scotian communities more involved in the school system.” The appointment of a regional education officer is in response to concerns raised by African Nova Scotian communities, including Digby. “We are extremely pleased with Mr. Provo’s appointment and the commitment from the department to issues facing learners of African descent,” said Digby education committee chair Darlene Lawrence. “We know there is work to be done, but we are on the right track by providing more programs and opportunities and putting kids first.” Mr. Provo was named the province’s first school health co-ordinator in 2006 and holds several education degrees, including a Master of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, and a degree from the Dalhousie School of Health Professions.last_img

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