The departments of education in the four Atlantic provinces have a long history of working together for the benefit of the public education system. Under the mandate of the Maritime Provinces Education Foundation (MPEF) 1982-1994, and the Atlantic Provinces Education Foundation (APEF) 1994-2004, regional projects focused on the joint development of curriculum, procurement of school buses and the development of learning resources aimed at improving the education of all students.
In 2004, the ministers refocused the efforts of APEF and founded the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), which included post-secondary education. At that time, the ministers had adopted a strategic direction in order to improve student learning by focusing on initiatives in Program Implementation Support and Improving Student Performance.
In December 2008, a new strategic direction was launched. The 2009-2012 strategic direction builds on the successes of the long history of working together. Ministers of education and training take great pride that they have achieved significant progress regionally and are committed to addressing issues that transcend provincial boundaries. The new initiatives under CAMET continue to respond to the needs and priorities of each linguistic sector, in addition to emerging regional priorities.
The 2009-2012 Strategic Direction embraces actions to respond to the following guiding principles:
- children will arrive at school ready to learn (grades E and 1);
- students will leave grade 5 with the tools necessary to continue learning (cognitive backpack for grades 2 to 5); and
- students will complete grade 12 ready to pursue a career or future studies with interest and passion (grades 6 to 12).
The guiding principles have led to target projects in these 3 key areas:
- Educational Leadership
- Instructional Practice for All Students
Ongoing projects in curriculum development, second language assessment tools, school bus purchasing and investments in the French video library continue to be supported by CAMET.