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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Thursday, October 12, 2006


RE: Action Against Poverty Week in Ontario
October 16 – 20, 2006

Donna Marie Kennedy, OECTA President, wrote on World Teachers’ Day,

“As a teacher, you are in a unique position to nurture and guide young people who face a world fraught with challenges and opportunities. In your hectic everyday life in the classroom it’s probably hard for you to understand fully the scope of your responsibility and influence. Nevertheless, your impact is real and long-lasting.

Teachers are also uniquely situated to understand the barriers to health and success that poverty places in the paths of children and their families – barriers that have nothing to do with their abilities, desires or efforts. That’s why one way OECTA has chosen to mark World Teachers’ Day this year is by collaborating in lobbying activities with Campaign 2000, the Campaign Against Child Poverty and the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice in order to help end poverty. Our goal is to highlight the seriousness of child poverty by focusing on its effects on learning.”

Global Month of Mobilization: STAND UP to Make Poverty History began on September 16th. Make Poverty History is urging supporters to join forces with people worldwide by participating in the 24 hour STAND UP Guinness world record challenge on October 15 – 16. This begins the Action Against Poverty Week in Ontario.

People symbolically “stand up” for 1 minute to let world leaders know that we are holding them accountable for their promises to end poverty, particularly for children, by 2015. A pledge that may be read is found in English and French at www.millenniumcampaign.org. Actions should take place between 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 15 and 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 16. If you are interested in participating in the Guinness challenge click here.
Entries must be submitted by 9 p.m. on Monday, October 16.

Tuesday, October 17 has been designated White Band Day of Action, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. See the FACT SHEET attached. i.e. 1 in every 6 children in Ontario is living in poverty. Attached also are the eight Millennium Development Goals set out by world leaders at the 2000 Millennium Summit. Wearing white symbolizes your call for government action to end poverty. For information check here.

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