OTTAWA, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Teachers' Federation
announced today that the Federation will be partnering with Star Expo
Foundation in a social justice and songwriting project called "My Voice
- Our Rights".
"It's exciting to be part of a project that combines artistic creativity
and sensitivity to social justice issues," says CTF President Paul
Taillefer. "It's definitely going to be a stimulating experience to
collaborate with Star Expo and to pool our varied resources to inspire
"My Voice - Our Rights", an Imagineaction venture planned for the
2013-2014 school year, will see groups of students from across the
country work together to write music and lyrics about human rights.
Videos of the songs will then be viewed by a panel of judges, and
critiqued based on criteria such as originality, stage presence and
organization, as well as community involvement, social justice and
human rights. Finalists will have the opportunity to meet well-known
Canadian musicians in a celebration of their achievement in spring
"Canadian youth have a strong, creative voice," says Louise Nadeau, Star
Expo Foundation's Executive Director. "We're looking forward to working
with the CTF to share that voice and raise awareness about human
"What we hope the project will do is encourage students' confidence both
in their musical ability and their understanding of how they can be
catalysts for social change," adds Taillefer.
Teachers will have access to lesson modules, which will be prepared
during summer 2013, about song and lyric development designed for the
kindergarten to grade 4, grade 5 to 8 and grade 9 to 12 students.
The Canadian Teachers' Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000
elementary and secondary educators from 16 organizations, 15 members
and one affiliate member, across Canada. Follow the CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada. Imagineaction is a CTF program designed to facilitate teacher-student-community
interaction in social action.
Star Expo Foundation is dedicated to supporting young people and youth-centred charities. In
addition to offering scholarships for post-secondary education, Star
Expo Foundation disburses funds to charities that seek to improve the
lives of youth through the promotion of education, health and wellness.
SOURCE: Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
CTF President Paul Taillefer
Star Expo Executive Director Louise Nadeau, 289-251-0384
Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 (office) or 613-899-4247 (cell)