A group of Winnipeg's inner city children are getting a special opportunity to learn about science at the University of Winnipeg, thanks to a unique education program called Eco-Kids on Campus.
For the students, most of them Aboriginal, it's their first opportunity to step onto a campus environment. Organizers are hoping that the innovative program, funded in part by Enbridge, will provide just the kind of step that will attract the children to a post-secondary education.
The number one reason that young people do not attend post-secondary education is they have not been asked in a meaningful way, says Kevin Chief, coordinator of the university's Innovative Learning Centre, which oversees the program. Eco-Kids helps to change that. It's a way to tap on their shoulder and say, you know, university can be for you.
Chief says the program is designed to help Grade 5 and 6 students from the inner city see university as an exciting place to learn. Children come to the university cam