Children and youth play an important role in building an inclusive society based on respect, equality and full participation of all its members, regardless of ethnic and cultural background, language, religion, sex or other distinction. In the same way that community values are instilled in young people who are part of a community, children and youth who are aware of the importance of the values of inclusion, non-discrimination, human rights and practice peaceful conflict resolution, will influence their peers, their families and ultimately shape their community.
Equitas has been developing innovative human rights education tools and programs that develop awareness and encourage participation of children and youth since 2004.
In Canada, we have reached over 500,000 children and youth, working in partnership with 550+ partner organizations in 41 communities across the country(2014).
Learn more about Play it Fair!, our program for children aged 6-12
Learn more about Speaking Rights, a program for 13-17 year old youth
Our international programs have also been promoting children and youth rights, and offer concrete opportunities for them to meaningfully participate and show leadership in promoting safe, healthy, and equitable communities. For instance, Play it Fair! models in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Indonesia and Haiti are addressing violence and ethnic, religious and class-based exclusion and discrimination with over 10,500 children.
Equitas – a leader in programs for children and youth
- Tri-Cities award (2015) for Play it Fair! in BC
- Equitas was also awarded the Quebec Human Rights Commission Rights and Freedoms prize (2014) for its work with children and youth
- Play it Fair! was awarded the Trailblazer Prize (2014) by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child
- Received Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s Award of Excellence in October 2012 for engaging youth in the fight against inequality, exclusion and racism through its Speaking Rights program in Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg
- Awarded the Prix de la citoyenneté (Anne-Greenup) in May 2009, recognizing exceptional efforts in the struggle against racism in Québec
- Awarded Honorable mention, Award of Excellence in Anti-Racism in Canada in April 2008 by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
- Recognized as a best practice in A Compendium of Good Practice: Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America by the Council of Europe, OSCE ODIHR, UN OHCHR and UNESCO and the Good Ideas in Integration on the Cities in Migration website.