Making Education Greener



    McGuinty Government Promotes Environmental Education In Schools

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is making the environment a part of every subject in every grade.

    To signal its commitment to environmental education, starting in Fall
2009, schools will begin implementing a new policy framework, created as part
of the advice of the Curriculum Council and recommendations made by a working
group on environmental education chaired by Dr. Roberta Bondar
(http://www.robertabondar.com/).

    
    The new framework complements other initiatives in supporting the
environment, including:
    -  Embedding environmental education in all curriculum
    -  Offering Specialist High Skills Majors related to the environment at
       over 25 schools
    -  Offering new courses in environmental science
    -  Working with Ontario EcoSchools to help teachers plan environmentally-
       focused classroom programs and schools reduce their environmental
       impact.
    

    By teaching students about the importance of environmental stewardship
from an early age, we are positioning them for success in the green economy of
the future.

    QUOTES

    "Our goal is to have all students become environmentally responsible
citizens by the time they graduate high school. We know that children are
already leaders in caring for the earth and I'm proud that our classrooms are
supporting environmental literacy across Ontario."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

    "By engaging students in our schools at every grade level, Ontario will
develop more environmental leaders in the future. We need all our young people
aware, involved and taking action to protect our environment and help tackle
the challenge of climate change."
    - John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  In 2007-08, 540 schools and education sites in 24 school boards
       participated in the EcoSchools certification
(http://www.ontarioecoschools.org/certification/index.html) program.

    -  Last year, more than 925 schools and 29 school boards registered for
       Earth Hour.

    LEARN MORE

    Register your school for Earth Hour 2009 (http://wwf.ca/earthhour/).

    Find out what schools are offering Specialist High Skills Majors
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.asp) related to the
environment.

    Read more about Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow:   
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/curriculumcouncil/action.html) a policy framework
for environmental education in Ontario schools.

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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