Mandate, Mission, Vision and Priority Areas

The following is intended to provide trustees, school and school division staff, parents, students and the general public with overview information concerning the mandate, mission, vision and kindergarten to grade 12 priority areas of Manitoba Education and Training.

The mandate outlines the Department’s official and fundamental responsibility. The mission states what will be accomplished by the mandate. The vision states what is hoped will be the outcome of accomplishing the mission. The four priority areas are the cornerstones of the K-12 Framework for Continuous Improvement, part of a whole systems approach to increase student achievement in the areas of literacy and numeracy.


To provide direction and allocate resources in support of youth programming and kindergarten to grade 12 education in public and funded independent schools.


To ensure that all Manitoba’s children and youth have access to an array of educational opportunities such that every learner experiences success through relevant, engaging and high quality education that prepares them for lifelong learning and citizenship in a democratic, socially just and sustainable society.


That every learner will complete a high school education with a profound sense of accomplishment, hope and optimism.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Priority Areas

High Levels of Achievement – is our expectation for all students, reflecting their individualized programming both in terms of academic achievement and other domains. Reaching high levels of achievement will look different for each student depending on his/her circumstances, abilities and needs (e.g., students with special needs).

Equity and Inclusion – are foundational to support the uniqueness and diversity of all students, respecting their backgrounds and/or personal circumstances, so that they can be successful. Application of these principles is essential for the education system and must be integrated into all policies, programs, operations and practices.

Citizenship, Sustainability and Wellbeing – are essential to ensure that all students are prepared in their role as global citizens who are sensitive to and have respect for other cultures, and are prepared for active involvement in addressing issues of economic, social-cultural, and environmental sustainability.  The cognitive, emotional, social and physical (and for some, spiritual) domains of wellbeing must be supported to meet the conditions needed in order for students to learn, grow and develop a positive sense of self.

Public Engagement – is fundamental to ensure parents, education partners and communities have the opportunity to learn, be heard, share perspectives and participate in decisions around education.