A medicine garden, land-based Ojibwa language program, reading workshop, and e-sports program were among 19 ideas proposed by Manitoba educators to receive more than $1.8 million in provincial funding.
Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced the third round of successful applicants to the Teachers’ Idea Fund this week.
“Every day across Manitoba, skilled and dedicated teachers, education staff and school leaders support high-quality education and improve student outcomes through innovation,” Ewasko said in a news release.
“The 19 additional innovative projects recently approved demonstrate the creativity, originality and sheer variety of the ideas our educators have put forward and are ready to work on to ensure the best education possible for Manitoba students.”
The five-year, $25-million fund was launched in March 2021; $7.8 million in projects have been approved to date.
The province said funding will be used to establish a medicine garden outdoor classroom at Shaftesbury High School in Pembina Trails School Division; a First Teacher Family Partnership Program in Seven Oaks; a library learning commons at Sherwood School in River East Transcona; and an alternative energy program at Frontier Collegiate in the North, among other initiatives.
The spring intake for the program was focused on projects that promoted mental health and well-being for students and educators.
Applications are under review with projects to be announced later this year.