The African Canadian Services Branch (ACSB) is dedicated to collaborating across the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) with parents, families, community, education partners, and stakeholders to build a Nova Scotian education system that is equitable, culturally responsive and a safe learning environment.
We will advance the holistic development, well-being and scholarship of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners by:
- Recognizing their inherent worth, dignity and potential to excel
- Promoting understandings of the rich, vibrant, multi-generational and multi-ethnic histories of African Nova Scotians and African Canadians and recognizing their knowledge systems, histories, heritages, cultures, traditions, and contributions to society as people of African ancestry.
- Providing leadership to support teachers, administrators and other educational staff in ensuring an equitable and inclusive educational experience for African Nova Scotian learners
- Leading collaboratively with EECD, regional staff and other stakeholders to eliminate the achievement gap by identifying and removing barriers impacting African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners
- Providing support services to learners as they transition through the early years, Primary-Grade 12, post-secondary, and adult education towards a successful career in the workforce
- Managing and administering the provincial scholarship program for African Nova Scotian learners to ensure African Nova Scotian and African Canadian students have equitable access to post-secondary institutions
- Developing, promoting, and facilitating access to programs, resources, and services for and on behalf of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian, administrators, teachers and support staff
- Collaborating across the department and with government to consult with and provide advice regarding African Nova Scotian/Canadian Education
- Providing leadership to post-secondary institutions to support the development and alignment of policies, programs and processes which nurture and affirm the goals and future aspirations of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners
- Analyzing, evaluating and monitoring disaggregated data and evidence to support excellence in instruction, educational programming and assessment