Teachers' Initiative Supports Children Living in Poverty



    DVD examines impact of poverty on education

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Considering that education offers a way out of
poverty, teachers can benefit from a greater understanding of how poverty can
affect their students and the ways they learn. A DVD produced by the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will ensure that the
poverty-awareness process takes place in every elementary public school in
Ontario.
    The ETFO-produced DVD, One in Six, is designed as a tool to generate
discussion and awareness of childhood poverty among Ontario educators. Its
title refers to the fact that one out of six Ontario children under 18 - over
478,000 children - live below the poverty line.
    "Our members see the consequences of poverty on a daily basis," said ETFO
President David Clegg. "They know how hard it is for children to learn when
they are hungry or left behind because their parents cannot afford fees,
materials, or proper clothing."
    The DVD features six individuals who represent some of the groups most
affected by poverty - immigrants, people with disabilities, single women, and
Aboriginal peoples. Interwoven through their stories are scenes from the
award-winning play Danny, King of the Basement, which has toured elementary
schools across Ontario as part of ETFO's Education and Poverty Project.
    "Our federation is honoured to be part of a project that will ultimately
support children living in poverty," said Clegg. "We hope that though this
DVD, our members will become more aware of the impact of poverty on education
and how this affects children's ability to learn."
    Development of the DVD was financially supported by the Literacy and
Numeracy Secretariat of the Ministry of Education. ETFO will distribute copies
of the DVD to all Ontario public elementary schools this spring.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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