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ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN: PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY SCHOOL BOARDS.

Toronto, Canadian Education Association, 1988. 44pp, paper. $5.00, ISBN 0-920315-26-7. Distributed by Canadian Education Association, Suite 8-200. 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1V5.

Adult
Reviewed by donalee Moulton-Barrett

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November


The brief introduction explains that CEA sent 255 questionnaires to school boards across the country and received 72 replies. Of these only 42 described the types of programs CEA was looking foróadult basic education, life-skills and employment upgrading, affirmative action, professional development and leadership training. For example, the Ottawa Board of Education's Youville Centre is "a new project for meeting the special needs of single mothers and babies of the Ottawa-Carleton area." In Montreal, the Commission scolaire Sainte-Croix "helps women improve their reading and writing skills in order to better express themselves and to take charge of their lives."

This is an admirable start to finding out what exists in Canada for women in the field of educationóbut it is a meagre start. The list of resource persons at the conclusion of the booklet has no entries for New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or the Northwest Territories, and with the exception of Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan, the resources are limited.

If these omissions reflect those who didn't fill out CEA's questionnaire, then the onus was on CEA to solicit or uncover the information in another way. If we're going to help women by providing an important resource like Especially for Women, then the resource should be comprehensive and complete.


donalee Moulton-Barrett, Halifax, N.S.
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