Word coming to TNN from a reliable sources that, as a result of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports’ budget being cut, 700 kids have been cut out of the Ministry’s summer camp.
According to the source, the Ministry has had a challenge trying to secure schools to host camps this year too.
“ Previously we were able to take a thousand children, but now, especially with the challenges of schools and the like, we don’t know where we’re going to go next,” they said. “ We usually have around ten schools [for our camp], but this year, we only have four schools.”
The source also said that many children participate in the camp for a few days before their parents pull them out, so if that happens, children will be added to the camp as the weeks go along.
“ We even had people from private schools looking for places to put their children before they go away,” they said.
“ The Minister of Education stated a few weeks ago the first week would be free,
we’ve had numbers like we’ve never seen before. We try to hold spaces for children from Child and Family Services and Financial Assistance clients.”
“ As a result of the Education Minister statement ” We’ve had people from private schools looking for places to put their children before they go away,” they said.
The source also mentioned staff within the Ministry discussed years ago that if cuts continue to be made, more children will be hanging out on the streets which could lead to more social problems within our society.
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