This week, I paid a visit to Equitas in
. It is the International Centre for Human Rights Edeucation, which is the new name of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation. Two students in our BA Connect programme are currently doing internships with Equitas, and I went to visit them and see how they are doing. Montreal
I learned of a fascinating programme that Equitas has developed to educate young children – from the age of six – in human rights. The programme is being implemented in summer day camps across the country. It is designed to be delivered by camp counselors, who would typically be young persons in their late teens.
Called ‘Play It Fair’’, the programme is described as follows:
The Play It Fair! programme aims to promote diversity and harmonious intercultural relations by addressing discrimination based on grounds such as race, ethnicity, culture, gender, disability or sexual orientation with the active participation of children and youth. Equitas, in collaboration with municipal authorities and community based organizations, is integrating the Play It Fair! program into existing programs for children. In 2008, the Play It Fair! Toolkit was implemented in over 200 camps and approximately 2,000 individuals were trained and over 40,000 children were reached in summer camps and after school programmes in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton-Dieppe and Fredericton.
The relevant materials are all available on the internet. They are in both English and French. They can be adapted for use virtually anywhere in the world. Click here.