A 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.
Rabat – Morocco’s stocks are closing the month of May in the black. After losing 0.3 percent this Wednesday morning, the MASI Index managed to draw up its shares, closing the session with 11.577 points, and a gain of 0.36 percent.With a MAD 283 million in flux exchanges, the operators quoted at the Casablanca Stock Exchange are registering a greater increase in activity compared to yesterday.The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Marsa Maroc, which rose by 0.56 percent, marking highest volume of the day with MAD 86 million. The company is pulling out its MAD 8 dividend tomorrow, June 1. Marsa Maroc is followed by LafargeHolcim, with MAD 31 million in volume and a symbolic increase of 0.05 percent.As for variations, Lydec is at the top of the charts at with a 4.35 percent increase, followed by Taqa Morocco with 3.17 percent, closing on a historic high dividend at MAD 845. At the bottom of the scale, we find IB Maroc and Centrale Danone with respective declines of 3.21 percent and 2.44 percent.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 20 to 10 and 13 ended unchanged.On the other hand, crude oil for the month of July’s delivery registered a 1.02 percent decline, down 0.51 points to USD 49.29 a barrel. The EUR/MAD balance was up 0.04 percent to MAD 10.9230, while USD/MAD fell by 0.03 percent to MAD 9.7750. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05 percent at 97.28.