Canadians support ethical, social and environmental education in schools: national poll

July 11, 2008

(CTF News Service – Moncton, N.-B.) According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), an overwhelming majority of Canadians support the education of values and ethical behaviour, the environment as well as human rights in schools.

CTF’S National Issues in Education public opinion poll shows that 9 out of 10 Canadians expressed support for public schools teaching students about values and ethical behaviour (91%), protecting the environment (91%) and about human rights (90%).

According to CTF President Emily Noble, this public support bodes well for CTF’s recently launched project Engaging in Our Communities …as Global Citizens, now available to Canadian classrooms, and the Green Street Program, for which CTF is the host organization.

Engaging in our Communities… as Global Citizens is a pedagogical resource that aims to instill in youth the values of the environment, democracy, peace and solidarity to enable them to become responsible citizens,” explains Noble. “The program invites students to take action with their group, school and community in a spirit of openness to the world,” adds the CTF President.

“As for Green Street, this program is a nation-wide community of practice committed to excellence in environmental learning and sustainability. The initiative links schools in Canada to reputable environmental education organizations in every province who deliver credible, accessible and affordable programs that are curriculum-linked and promote an enduring dedication to environmental stewardship,” she further adds.

“To date, we are pleased that over 15,000 classrooms across Canada have participated in at least one of some 70 Green Street programs offered by 23 leading environmental organizations,” concludes Noble.

Engaging in Our Communities as Global Citizens and the Green Street program are joint initiatives offered by the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Centrale des syndicats du Québec. Together, we look forward to increasing the awareness and education of all students in sustainability education.

Green Street is funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, a private family foundation based in Montréal that funds national initiatives which promote civic engagement and community resilience, including projects in arts-infused and environmental education.

CTF’s National Issues in Education Poll, commissioned by CTF every two years, tracks the public’s views and opinions on public education in Canada. The poll was conducted online by Vector Research + Development Inc. from Feb. 27 to March 11 with 2,523 Canadians throughout the country.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International

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Comments:
Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-688-4300 or 613-899-4209 (cell)

Background information:
Noreen O’Haire, Director of Professional and Developmental Services,
613-688-4312 or 613-899-4215 (cell)
Pauline Théoret, Coordinator of “Green Street”, 613-688-4303

Media contact:
Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)