October 8, 2014
Last month, Equitas was in Chisasibi, a Cree community of approximately 5,000 persons in northern Quebec. Our staff delivered three workshops on the Play it Fair! and Speaking Rights programs. A total of 16 high school teachers and staff working directly with youth and 58 elementary teachers and support staff were trained. Equitas program officers Laura Butler and Elise Voyer were warmly welcomed by the community members and had lots of opportunities to learn about local priorities and to explore human rights values and principles essential to the promotion of multiculturalism, inclusion, non-discrimination, human rights and peaceful conflict resolution.
The objectives of the training were to strengthen skills in developing and delivering non-formal multiculturalism and human rights education programs aimed at children and youth using both the Play it Fair! and Speaking Rights programs. Participants developed plans on how to implement the use of the program toolkits within their organization and their community; and share lessons learned and best practices.
Many participants found the workshops very useful and interesting. One of them wrote this comment a few days after the Equitas visit:
“I really enjoyed your workshop. And I have already started playing some games with my students. Hands down! They love them.”