You’ve probably heard about Alberta Education’s draft K-6 curriculum. Grade 10 Willow Creek Composite High School student Moses Smith has a front-row seat to the Government’s process. Moses is on the Education Minister’s Youth Council, which gives 40 junior and senior high school students the opportunity to share input and perspectives on provincial programs and initiatives.
“My favorite part of the MYC this year has been getting to see all of the things going on in the government,” says Moses. “They are working really hard on the new curriculum and it has been cool to see!”
Moses was inspired to apply for the Minister’s Youth Council (MYC) because he thought it would be a great opportunity to meet others, gain experience, and understand more people’s points of view. Students apply and are selected to a 10-month term, during which they attend meetings with Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and the other council members. Although their meetings so far have been virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moses says they are hoping to be able to meet in person in the spring.
As Moses and the other council members develop new leadership skills, relationships, and a sense of responsibility for their education, they also help improve government decision-making by providing their insight and sharing their experiences. As for the draft curriculum, Moses suggests people get involved.
“If anyone is interested in the new draft curriculum they shouldn't hesitate to check it out on Alberta.ca and then finish the survey so they can make it better,” Moses says.
We’re proud of our WCCHS student representing Livingstone Range School Division in Edmonton and wish him all the best as he contributes to the Minister's Youth Council.