Agents of Change Receive Certification At UWinnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB – Today, 40 middle school children have been released into the world as Agents of Change as part of The University of Winnipeg Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) and a UNESCO educational program. These students from John Pritchard Junior and Munroe Junior High Schools received certificates for their hard work and achievement during this 12-week, on-campus learning program. The program focused on understanding human rights through exploration and activities related to the United Nations’ Declaration of “Rights for the Child’. Earlier today in Convocation Hall, UWinnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy presented a certificate to every student that completed the program.

 UNESCO Agents of Change
The Agents of Change program had a variety of speakers including renowned aboriginal writer Maria Campbell and representatives from the Canadian Human Rights Museum – Art City –  and Fort Whyte to teach and engage the students in learning and working for the change that they want in the world. The participating students presented their ideas and the knowledge they acquired at a UNESCO student forum April 30, 2009.

The students were filmed throughout the initiative and a professional video was created to document their ideas. The video premiered today at the certificate ceremony.

Engage Young Students
“We wanted to engage young students in a program designed to educate them on the issue of human rights and community involvement on campus,” said Kevin Chief, Coordinator, Innovative Learning Centre. “We also want the students to be familiar with our campus and feel that is their campus also. We want them to know that there is a place for them at UWinnipeg while learning through fun interactive activities and realizing that they can make a difference.”

For more information on the ILC visit UWinnipeg community initiatives.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded November 16, 1945. UNESCO deploys its action in the fields of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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