Social Justice initiatives throughout the Upper Grand District School Board support the Equity and Inclusion and Safe Schools policies. These initiatives include special events, year-long projects and curriculum related embedded topics that build character, develop a sense of self in students, and help create al inclusive community for all. A major factor in this work is the understanding impact they can have on the lives of others. Students come to appreciate that by supporting others, opposing racism and promoting tolerance, they also help themselves. To read more about Social Justice work happening in the Upper Grand District School Board click on the areas below for information on specific initiatives.
Spread the Word
Spread the Word is a yearly event that celebrates and showcases intermediate students’ passion for social justice issues. Topics have included: access to Education, Environmental Issues, Human Rights Heroes, Shark Finning, Puppy mills, Child Labour, Residential Schools, Discrimination, Racism, Prejudice, Ocean Pollution, Pandemics, Violence in the Media, United Nations, Doctors’ Without Borders, World Heather Organizations. The day includes social justice plays, music, poems, and projects. Each school involved had 15 minutes of stage time to share their work with other schools. The day also includes a social justice fair, where students share their individual projects with each other. In 16/17 Nasim Asgari provided the key note address and discussed sexism and racism through the spoken word. Secondary students from the Upper Grand DSB also shared their own work and lived experiences in various social justice issues.
350 students from six schools participated in Spread the Word in 2016-2017, Rockwood Centennial PS, Ken Danby PS, Sir Isaac Brock PS, Kortright Hills PS, Westwood PS and Elora PS.
WE Day: September 28, 2017
EmpoWErment Day: May 3, 2018