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12/06/16

Saskatchewan PISA 2015 Results Require Further Examination

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released today the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment 2015 international large-scale test of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy conducted with 15-year-old students. Canada ranked in the top five countries. “The… +Read More
10/12/16

Opinion: Play heals, so let’s embrace creativity to mark World Mental Health Day

Monday marked World Mental Health Day, an initiative with goals of education, awareness and advocacy. The theme this year was “psychological first aid” to support people in distress. Society has come a long way from nearsighted solutions, which blame distressed victims. Life can get messy. The music can get too loud. You can stagger and fall on marshmallow cement. While mental health is more than an absence of mental illness, problems are monumental. There is trauma, neglect, depression, abuse, addictions, stress, dementia, heartache, bereavement and... +Read More
10/04/16

World Teachers’ Day celebrated around the globe

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day in 1994 to commemorate the joint UNESCO and International Labour Organization’s signing of the recommendations concerning the status of teachers. This event featured a special intergovernmental… +Read More
10/04/16

Timmons exemplifies education

With all the talk recently around transformational change in education and with the arrival of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, we have an opportunity to reflect on the important transformational work teachers perform on a daily basis. One of… +Read More
09/19/16

Global citizenship experience illustrates importance of solidarity

One year ago my guidance counsellor approached me with an application form for the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation’s Global Citizen Youth Leadership program. I took immediate interest in the program and promptly completed the application with enthusiasm. What I didn’t know, however, was that I had just embarked on a journey that would extend well past my return to Canada on August 8, 2015. My trip to El Salvador was, in fact, merely the beginning of a life-changing adventure... +Read More
09/15/16

Millions of refugee kids have no access to education, UN says

More than half of the 6 million refugee children under the mandate of the United Nations have no access to school just as the refugee school-age population is exploding by 600,000 a year, a new report says. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, only 50 per cent of refugee children around the world have access to primary school education, compared with a global average of more than 90 per cent. As these unschooled children grow older,... +Read More
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