Educators who inspire students to question, investigate, anddiscover their world are the focus this year as Education Week,from April 18 to April 24, celebrates scientific literacy. The highlight will be the Education Week Awards, where educatorsfrom across the province who have imbued their students with thevalues of scientific inquiry, will be honoured. The keynote speaker at the awards will be Ellen Whitman, a Grade9 student at Wolfville Junior High. The ceremony will take placeat 2 p.m., today, April 19, at the Bedford Institute ofOceanography in Dartmouth. “Thanks to the efforts of our teachers in public schools andparents in their homes, our children are acquiring a sense ofwonder and a desire to discover,” said acting Education MinisterAngus MacIsaac. “A number of our students have brought backmedals from events such as the Canada Wide Science Fair, and manymore have found a joy in learning science and confidence in theirability to explore their world.” The proclamation kicks off a week of events hosted by schools andschool boards across the province. The program is presented by five education partners: theDepartment of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the NovaScotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation ofHome and School Associations, and la Fédération des parentsacadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. The partners will also recognize the work of their own membersthrough the Education Week Partners Awards. The Nova Scotia science curriculum supports teachers in helpingchildren develop their scientific literacy. This offers studentsa foundation for problem-solving, inquiry, decision-making, andlifelong learning. Some students will use these skills to launch scientific careers.Others will use them to enrich their own lives and those of theirchildren. For the second year in a row, the Nova Scotia Teachers CreditUnion is supporting Education Week with a corporate sponsorship. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since the1930s.