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Educating for Responsible Citizenship Symposium

Given Richland Academy’s Children’s Rights Team leader, Ms. Amy Pitt’s involvement with the Rights Respecting Schools program in connection with UNICEF Canada, she was invited to attend the 2013: What’s Worth Knowing: Educating for Responsible Citizenship Symposium hosted by the education NGO Learning for a Sustainable Future. Ms. Pitt participated in this event with A.P. and K.D. from the Grade 6 class.

This event brought together over 125 senior decision makers in the government, business, and non-profit sectors, as well as educators and students from across Canada. The Symposium mobilized knowledge about the links between formal education and active youth engagement. LSF’s latest youth-designed project, The Our Canada Project, was also launched at this event. The Our Canada Project is an innovative platform for all Canadians to engage in conversations about the future and share their actions of responsible citizenship.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, addresses Symposium participants

At the symposium there was a group of young people that built a new website named the Our Canada Project. I thought that this was inspiring because it told me that any young people can do anything if they put their minds to it.”- A.P., Grade 6

Primarily, the questions the symposium sought to address were:

  • What do children and youth need to know, do, and value in order to ensure they are responsible, active, and contributing citizens?
  • How can formal education be reoriented to meet these goals?

Grades 4-6 Silver Birch Blog TAKEOVER!

Richland students in grades 4-6 are at it again, and have taken control of Inquiring Minds. You may recall from a previous post that our students have been reading Silver Birch nominated books, and that they are meeting in small groups to share and discuss life lessons they took away from their novels. The following blog entries are their summaries, connections, and reflections from those discussions.

Be prepared, they are examples of deep thinking and thought-provoking dialogue!  We invite you to join the conversation by commenting on their posts.

What if you didn’t Believe?

What would happen if you didn’t believe? In the books our group read, the message was to believe, to achieve your goals, and to never give up. If the world gave up, then society would collapse on itself like a tree in a bad storm, or a building with a bad foundation.

In every book, we had a connection of doing something that we believed and we achieving it. Believing means achieving, and the impossible is possible if you try. This belief is what keeps the life spirit going, and what keeps the world happy and hopeful. If you didn’t believe then you would never achieve, because if you didn’t believe in yourself you couldn’t accomplish anything.In the books we read, lots of the messages were to believe and to never give up. The books we read were Sinking Deeper, Missing, Tinfoil Sky, and Neil Flambé. Throughout each book there was a message to never give up and to constantly believe and never stop! This all relates back to one thing: never give up. In the end everyone agreed that you should never give up, because if no one believed… where would you be?

1 Lie = 1 Million Lies

1 lie = 1 million lies, and 1 million rights apply to everything. In our Book Club, we discussed the main points in our books and the same ideas came up. The idea of 1lie = 1 million lies was in H.K. and A.Z.’s books The Grave Robbers Apprentice and Missing. In Missing, a girl kicked over a wasp’s nest and her sister was under it and died. The girl lied to her parents that her sister went missing. In The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, the Grave Robber told his son he must do something to enter the Grand Society of Grave Robbers, but where are all the people who are in this grand society? The Grave Robber stalled by making up more lies.

However, in everyone’s books, the idea of rights came up. You have the right to a proper house and good food. You have the right to be treated the way people in higher classes get treated. Animals have rights to live, and have the same rights as people. Lastly, you have the right to tell the truth without punishment. What really stuck out to us was how deep we thought. When someone brought up rights everyone else thought deeper, and thought about other things related to rights in their book. We hope we think as deep as this in the next book club!