Stephanie Roy, the schools principal shared some exciting information:
With ongoing years of committed support of the KTEI Board of Directors and the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM), the decision and support for Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) to forge ahead and implement an immersion based learning model beginning with Kindergarten children for the Fall of 2013 was made – knowing that time is of the essence as every day and every year more and more valuable Anishinabek language speakers are leaving to the spirit world.
One very important critical success factor for the MMAK immersion school - parental engagement and commitment, has been fully communicated right from the very start. Many tasks, such as designing and installing an ecofriendly playground and finalizing the monthly parent volunteer schedule, are only a few of the current priorities which moms, dads and family members have been busily working on in anticipation of the first day of school on September 4th.
With the first intake of Kindergarten students already getting a flavor of their new school during their August 22nd orientation day with their parents/guardians, and 100% immersed in Anishinabemowin, it is lear that these children already have a sense that they are unique because they will be going to
a different kind of school this year. Becoming engaged in outdoor community experiential learning and regularly visiting and conversing with community elders and groups such as the Anishinabemowin Gamig Elders’ Centre in M’Chigeeng, as part of their early learning, will undoubtedly become a renewed focus.
Keep an eye on this space - I plan to head back to the kindergarten in a few weeks to get an update from the teachers and students.
By Julieanne Steedman, Early Learning Coordinator