As many as two thousand students from grades 1 to 12 are improving their learning skills this summer through support from the Manitoba government for five summer learning enrichment programs. One of these programs is put on by University College of the North which receives 40 thousand dollars for its Into the Wild Program.
The program is designed to meet the needs of northern Manitoba youth from The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and surrounding communities. The activities focus on literacy, numeracy and land based education to reduce summer learning loss and assist students in the transition back to school in the fall.
UCN’s Director of Communications Jim Scott says the Wild is very much science based so participants are often a step ahead when they return to the classroom is September. He adds it also provides summer employment for UCN education students allowing them to develop those critically important classroom skills that will be a major part of their careers once they receive their teaching degrees.