The #Clair2023 event opened with a bang on February 2, 2023. In the gymnasium of the Centre d'apprentissage du Haut-Madawaska (CAHM), the energy of the 350 participants was palpable. It was a return after a two-year hiatus for this showcase of innovative practices in education, which runs until February 4.
Since the first edition of Clear in 2010, the annual event has become a must for anyone who wants to "See Education Differently". The Centre d'apprentissage du Haut-Madawaska is a school serving grades 1 to 8 in the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest in New Brunswick.
Each year, the community of this small francophone municipality in the northwest of the province mobilizes to present an event that highlights innovative practices in education. For the 2023 edition, the theme Rekindling the Sparks is most appropriate.
The school principal, Claudine Dionne, did not hide her joy of welcoming back professionals from the educational community of Eastern Canada. "There was no excuse not to do Clair this year, there was only way."
In all of the keynote speeches that preceded the opening conference, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood, the Member of Parliament for Upper Madawaska and the Mayor of Upper Madawaska all emphasized the pride of having the opportunity to rethink education once again.
At the same time, the dignitaries took the opportunity to pass on some political messages, as the New Brunswick government has made some controversial decisions in recent months regarding French-language education in Canada's only bilingual province.
Afterwards, CAHM students offered a musical and visual performance with a fashion show under the theme of climate change. The costumes of the models were designed by the students with the contribution of Creative labs. Bright clothes, decorated with living plants, designed with recycled materials were at the rendez-vous.
The speaker Louis-Daniel Joly led the participants into a musical whirlwind, in the form of jam the room. The ultimate goal was to allow people to connect and relate to each other. It was a great kick-off!
Special mention to two pioneers who initiated the first edition, Roberto Gauvin and Jacques Cool.
To be followed in the coming days! Our team is on site to cover the events. We're looking forward to the performance of our colleague Laurie Couture tomorrow night at the Ignite session.
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