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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 2, October 2007

Yours for the asking

50 for 50 arts challenge

The Canada Council for the Arts has asked Canadians to participate in 50 arts activities in celebration of our 50th anniversary—ranging from reading a poem to singing in a choir to attending a film festival to looking at a painting—and keep a record of their experiences on the 50 for 50 Arts Challenge web site, www.artschallenge.ca. The site, inspired by the successful social networking site, www.43things.com, invites users to create a list of 50 arts-related activities they will undertake in 2007. It is fun and user-driven, creating a sense of community. Students are encouraged to discover new things and share them with their friends.

The package is available for download, free of charge, on the Canada Council’s web site, www.50.canadacouncil.ca. Contact us if you wish to receive bookmarks to promote the 50 for 50

Arts Challenge at your school.

For more information about the education package, or the Canada Council, contact Ruby Clifford, 50th Anniversary Officer, at 613-566-4305 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4086; ruby.clifford@canadacouncil.ca.

EcoKids brings the environment into ESL classrooms

Earth Day Canada invites elementary school teachers and educators to check out their EcoKids English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) lesson plans, now available online at ecokids.ca. They’re free!

EcoKids, a free, curriculum-linked environmental education program, has been promoting environmental awareness to young Canadians for over 10 years. Its ESL initiative addresses the increasing number of new immigrants in Canada’s classrooms. The environmental lesson plans, formally evaluated by ESL professionals, are learner-centred, readily applicable, and linked to K—6 curriculum.

To access the EcoKids ESL lesson plans, visit ecokids.ca. To learn more about Earth Day Canada, visit earthday.ca.

Thinking globally, acting locally, 20 years of love

CODE, the Canadian international literacy agency that manages Project Love, has shipped more than a million and a half kits of school supplies to students in Africa and the Caribbean.

Project Love has been adopted by hundreds of thousands of Canadian teachers, who recognize the project and its accompanying curriculum-based educational resources as an opportunity for their students to learn about international issues and assist their peers in the developing world.

CODE partners with local education-based organizations in the countries where it works. Professional support is given to teachers who are often accustomed to teaching with few resources.

This year Project Love kits—each containing a pencil, an eraser, a ruler and a notebook—will be sent to primary school students in Tanzania, where only 69% of youth can read or write, and Senegal, where only 39% of the population is literate. Resources for education in both these countries are limited and such school supplies are beyond the means of most families.

For more information on CODE visit www.codecan.org or contact Jana McDade at jmcdade@codecan.org, 613 232-3569 ext.252.

Youth exchanges

The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) is recruiting participants and groups for its youth exchanges.

  • Exchanges are for groups of between 10 to 30 students aged 12–17 years
  • Teachers or youth group leaders must apply online on behalf of the group before Oct. 1st (no need to know names of students at this time, just approximately how many will be in your group)
  • SEVEC, through government funding, pays for participants’ airfare
  • Students spend a week on exchange in another part of Canada and then host their twin group in their own community for one week
  • Exchanges can focus on: language learning, culture, music, sports, volunteerism and more.

Sign up at www.sevec.ca, call 1-800-38-SEVEC, or e-mail kfraser@sevec.ca.

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