News Topics: Education (K-12)


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Urban Explorers promotes children as agents of change within communities

The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCYBC) has launched a pilot Urban Explorers educational program within the Vancouver School District (SD39). With a focus on children’s rights to participate in decisions that affect their lives, Urban Explorers invites elementary and high-school students to explore their community, identify community assets, MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

The Tyee: Employers clash on timeline for $15 minimum wage CBC News: Shelter for women leaving abuse in Kitimat runs out of space Times Colonist: Seeking an end to violence against women and girls Global News: BC judge who erred in law put ministry under fire CBC Radio Unreserved: Elementary school students rewriting the TRC’s MORE


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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE


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Education funding budget reforms highlighted by parent-led advocacy groups

Parent-led advocacy groups have submitted powerful recommendations regarding education funding and reform for the BC budget consultation. Families Against Cuts to Education (FACE) urges the Committee to increase operational funding to reflect the actual costs of providing quality equitable public education, increase capital funding to address deferred maintenance, speed up MORE


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BC budget submissions from public policy groups target education, childcare, poverty

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s budget submission proposes the following 7 key points: Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation Improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce Address the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty Address homelessness MORE


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Activist grants available for improving student wellbeing

The McConnell Foundation has launched a Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund, through which school districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing and addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. Grants awarded MORE


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Vancouver Foundation grants for early years, education, children and youth

Vancouver Foundation Education and Training field of interest grant guidelines are available – applications open October 2, 2017. These grants supports projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia in order to influence and change the systems that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces MORE


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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE