For the first time ever, students at Alex Aitken Elementary got to experience a Learning Centre hosted by the education program at Vancouver Island University on Monday.
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These events, during which fourth year education students set up a series of booths and learning activities in the school gym, have been held in Nanaimo for 25 years. However, this year VIU chose to also host a Learning Centre with students from its Cowichan Valley campus.
“The goal for the school and the students most importantly is to engage in the activities that are exciting, interesting and hands-on. And to motivate them for life-long learning,” said VIU education professor Bernie Krynowsky. “The goal for our students is really great because they get to work with students from kindergarten to Grade 7 all in one day. So it’s an absolutely wonderful opportunity for all of us.”
Alex Aitken Elementary principal Updesh Cheema said she and her staff were thrilled to host the event.
“For them to come out to Cowichan and put it on at Alex Aitken school, it’s been amazing,” she said.