Even though my own children are all grown up, and even my children’s children are getting older, I still remember the hustle and bustle of getting the family ready for September.
It’s when families prepare their children to go back to school— young people receive their class schedules in the mail, parents go shopping for school supplies and teachers make their plans for the year. I know my 10-year-old granddaughter, Ria Jha, has been busy preparing her knapsack to go back to school.
In my capacity as MLA for Radisson, I consider promoting education one of my top job functions. I was raised with this value and I believe it is our utmost duty to support education in any capacity we can. Because of that, it gives me great personal satisfaction to give out bursaries to local students at the end of every school year. I strive to celebrate the efforts of students who worked hard to improve regardless of where they started.
There are six MLA scholarships I present every year. At Windsor Park Collegiate I give out a Career Internship Program Proactivity Award and the Successful Futures Encouragement Award, to encourage students exploring work opportunities. At Collège Béliveau, the scholarship goes to the student most improved in French; at the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre, the award goes to the student who has improved most while overcoming adversity. Immanuel Christian School and The King’s School each get a Most Improved student award as well.
Strong schools and quality equipment are priorities for our government as well. Manitoba is now moving into the second phase of our Science Action Plan, and students at Collège Béliveau will soon benefit from upgrades to two science labs, which will completely modernize their school. These new labs will help more young people get excited about science and technology, and will help them see possibilities in these fields in the future.
It is part of our job as government to support schools as best we can. Whether that is hiring more teachers, building more classrooms or renovating science labs, giving our young people the best possible education will help them thrive right here in Manitoba.
Feel free to get in touch with my office at 204-222-0074 or email us at Bidhu.Jha@yourmanitoba.ca if you would to share your thoughts on education with me. I wish everyone the best of luck as they start the new school year.