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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

In February 2005, at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, delegates were treated to passionate keynote speeches from both Craig Kielburger (founder of Free the Children) and Stephen Lewis (UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa), describing the plight of Africa’s children. Most of the 4, 400 teacher-librarians and librarians in attendance left with a deep-felt intention of doing something more than just listening.

And so, inspired by both of these humanitarians and their work, a group of seven dedicated volunteers came together to put into practice the words of Gandhi. It is our vision to educate a generation of children who will see it as their responsibility to protect the human rights of all; who know that they can and do make a difference in this world.

We have put together a series of lessons / units for kindergarten through to grade 12 organized around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and promoting active, global citizenship. Linked to the Ontario curriculum and the OSLA Information Studies document, these lessons are powerful learning opportunities.

We have entitled this part of the project “Be the Change,” and have included suggestions for action with each lesson.

It is our hope that this will be the beginning of an ongoing dynamic project that will be enriched with your feedback and new ideas from your experience. This is but a beginning, a framework that we hope will build and grow. Now in it’s third year, and with additional writers, contributors and users, the vision has grown and continues to evolve.

Listen to Craig Kielburger and Stephen Lewis at Super Conference 2005:

Craig Kielburger
Part 1 of 2 (MP3 format)
Part 2 of 2 (MP3 format)
Part 1 of 2 (Windows Media Audio 9)
Part 2 of 2 (Windows Media Audio 9)
Stephen Lewis
Part 1 of 2 (MP3 format)
Part 2 of 2 (MP3 format)
Part 1 of 2 (Windows Media Audio 9)
Part 2 of 2 (Windows Media Audio 9)

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