Quebec’s education ministry has unveiled its plans for what it is calling a “new generation of schools” slated to pop up around the province.
Architecturally, the schools will have a signature look that will make them “easily identifiable,” while featuring the colours of Quebec’s flag.
Besides accents of blue on the buildings’ facades, the schools will be built with Quebec materials, specifically natural wood throughout its interiors.
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At a news conference in Montreal on Thursday, the Education Minister Chantal Rouleau said eight new schools will be built across the province and eight others in Montreal will be renovated.
“We want students to be motivated to go to school and we want them to feel safe and enjoy going every day,” she said in French.
Rouleau said the upgrades will include larger gymnasiums, additional windows, and more space in classrooms.
Referring to the initial plans announced in February, Rouleau said the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the overall education budget.
Rouleau named l’Académie de Roberval, Jacques-Rousseau,and École des Berges-de-Lachine as three of the eight schools that will be getting facelifts.
🌳🏣Notre Métropole mérite de belles écoles! C’est pourquoi j’ai annoncé 363 millions de dollars pour réaliser 16 projets d’agrandissement et de construction d’écoles. Notre gouvernement démontre, une fois de plus, l’importance qu’il accorde à l’éducation! #polqc #assnat pic.twitter.com/sGb4HaLQOp
— Chantal Rouleau (@rouleauchantal) September 17, 2020
The education minister said the government is still in the process of acquiring land to build the new schools on and didn’t give a timetable as to when the project will be completed.