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Reforms for greater knowledge the focus as Anna Ekström visits Ottawa and Toronto


Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström will be in Canada from 4 to 7 February.

Her programme includes meetings with politicians and experts, study visits to schools, and presentations of Ontario's education system, school reforms and strategies.

The aim of the visit is to exchange knowledge and experience, particularly on issues concerning the governance chain in the education system, leadership and teachers' professional development, school health and welfare services, and pupils' knowledge development and attainment.

Programme points

Monday 5 February, Ottawa

Time: 08.30 Visit to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Time: 10.30 Visit to Woodroffe High SchoolTime: 12.30 Meeting with experts on pathways between education and jobs
Time: 15.00 Meeting with Canada's Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patricia A. Hajdu

Tuesday 6 February, Toronto

Time: 08.30 Meeting with Ontario's Deputy Minister of Education, Bruce Rodrigues
Time: 09.00 Presentation of reforms and education strategies in Ontario, focusing on pupil performance, leadership, the role of teachers and teaching methods
Time: 10.35 Presentation of language introduction programmes in Ontario
Time: 11.30 Presentation of special needs education, focusing on gifted pupils
Time: 12.30 Meeting with Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Mitzie Hunter
Time: 14.00 Visit to a welcome centre for newly arrived immigrants in Toronto

Wednesday 7 February, Toronto

Time: 10.15 Meeting with a teachers' organisation in Toronto
Time: 14.00 Visit to Grenoble Public School

Press contact

Helena Paues
Press Secretary to Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00