by Pat Lee, Staff Reporter, Nova Scotia News – the chroniclehearald.ca, originally published on 9/3/09
African-N.S. students helped with science, math
A program designed to help Nova Scotia students of African descent do better in math and science has a new way to reach out to them.
Imhotep’s Legacy Academy has launched a virtual tutoring program that will allow science and math tutors at Dalhousie University help high school students across the province without having to leave the Halifax campus.
Program director Emmanuel Nfonoyim said the pilot project is being launched at Citadel High in Halifax, Cole Harbour High and Prince Andrew High in Dartmouth, Sydney Academy, Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro and Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High. He said the program will help about 15 students per school. "I’ve been all across the province and everyone’s really looking forward to having this support for their kids," Mr. Nfonoyim said.
A learning centre has been set up at Dalhousie and computers with a webcam and video conferencing software will be in the schools or in students’ homes. Lt.-Gov. Mayanne Francis is scheduled to launch the learning centre at a luncheon today at Dalhousie University. This is the first time the four-year-old program has offered help to high school students.
Up until now, the project has offered support to about 90 junior high students across the province in after-school programs. Mr. Nfonoyim said it was time to extend that help to the higher grades, especially where students are taking more difficult college-track courses in math and science. "We’re very eager to continue our support right through Grade 12, thereby increasing the chances for a better outcome for the students," he said. The virtual tutoring program is for high school students only.