Low school attendance is a serious problem in Inuit communities across Canada. Involving parents and caregivers in their children’s education and engaging them in the school system is critical to improving education outcomes in the North. The National Committee on Inuit Education and the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education was awarded $325,000 for their plan to engage and mobilize parents in the development of collaborative programs and resources. The National Parent Mobilization Initiative is adopting the key message, “Getting children to school every day, all day, well rested and ready to learn”, using local media with regional roundtables and workshops, community-targeted initiatives, profiling success stories, and the creation of toolkits for parents that support student success and the role parents play in their child’s education.
(Note that this project was a Finalist prior to 2017, when the current 3-tiered prize model was put in place. Their nomination therefore does not correspond to a particular category.)