Catholic Teachers Launch Election Campaign
TORONTO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Who Speaks for Children in the upcoming
provincial election? That is the question the Ontario English Catholic
Teachers' Association (OECTA) is encouraging all Ontarians to ask when
they go to the polls on June 12, 2014.
"Our non-partisan campaign is designed to bring issues of importance
about children, such as education, childcare and poverty, to the
forefront in this provincial election," says OECTA President James
Ryan. "We are encouraging Ontarians to ask the candidates how their
parties 'speak for children' and then make an informed choice on
OECTA's campaign is dedicated to ensuring a factual, positive discussion
about the state of our publicly funded education system - because
Ontario's future prosperity depends upon the ability to provide all
children the opportunity to realize their full potential.
"Ontario needs to graduate students with advanced knowledge and skills
who can address increasingly complex issues," adds Ryan. "This cannot
be achieved if we are only focused on reducing expenditures or going
'back to basics'. We need investments that will eliminate child
poverty, foster innovation, and enhance our publicly funded education
The Speak for Children campaign includes billboards and transit ads in
various communities across the province. The campaign also features a
video series and TV ads that celebrate Ontario's students and teachers.
The videos present 14 former and current students, who share their
unscripted insights and perspectives on Ontario's education system.
"We are proud of our students who speak for themselves, from the heart,
about their positive experiences in school," says Ryan. "We are
confident that Speak for Children will help spark a necessary
conversation about the kind of society we want and the services we need
in Ontario," says Ryan.
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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