Education and training

  • French-language education in Alberta is provided by:
  • 32 schools
  • 28 preschools
  • Two daycare centres
  • Eight French-language play groups for children 0-5 years old (community facility where the children can play while parents chat, all of it in French).
  • Five regional French school boards:
  • Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord
  • Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest
  • Conseil scolaire du Centre-Est
  • Conseil scolaire du Sud de l'Alberta
  • Conseil scolaire catholique et francophone du sud de l'Alberta
  • General bachelor programs in arts, science education and engineering science offered by the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean. This institution also offers two bilingual bachelor programs (nursing and business administration, as well as masters in education and Canadian studies).
  • College-level programs will be offered by the Campus Saint-Jean in Edmonton starting in the fall of 2010.
  • The Société de l'éducation de l'Alberta (Éduk) is responsible for the literacy file at the provincial level and promotes adult learning.
  • Other organizations in the education sector include the Alliance française de Calgary, the Alliance française d'Edmonton, the Centre français à l'Université de Calgary, the Centre d'expérience préscolaire de parascolaire (CEP), and the Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta (FPFA);
  • Since 2005, ACFA has struck agreements with a number of French school boards to create community education coordinator positions in order to establish links between schools, the community and families. There are currently six coordinators within the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, located in the cities of Legal, Saint-Albert, Wainwright, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Jasper. Two more work within the Conseil scolaire catholique et francophone du sud de l'Alberta, in Cochrane et Canmore. Other agreements with the school boards are currently being developed.
  • ACFA's ACCENT project aims to create links between schools that teach French and organizations that offer services in French. By listing and promoting recreational, cultural and educational activities, ACCENT endeavours to offer students enrichment through diversified experiences, while contributing to increased use of the services offered by the organizations. www.accentalberta.ca