Making education work is what all schools strive toward. However, for many Aboriginal high school students in the province of Manitoba, the search continues. Responding to urgency based on current models, research and statistical evidence regarding the low levels of educational attainment and post-secondary participation rates among Aboriginal youth, the Making Education Work project was created to address "closing the gap".
Six Aboriginal communities along with their high schools have joined together with Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth and the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation to create a research project that embodies a common goal: To improve the presently low rates of high school completion and post-secondary program uptake and success among Aboriginal students. All partners have come to an agreement on the priorities for and have forged a consensus on the major dimensions of the pilot project.