In order to create a learning and networking opportunity for Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs), educators and youth, Spur Change seeks to annually convene representatives of SMOs as well as educators from coast-to-coast-to-coast to learn from peer to peer experiences, approaches and best practices. Sessions include overarching themes of inclusivity, gender transformative programming, sustainable development as well as creating opportunities to identify and form partnerships, strengthen the sector’s collective work and to more effectively engage all Canadians as global citizens.
This year’s conference will focus on Human Dignity, while addressing gender equality and the empowerment of women as a cross-cutting theme. Human dignity is the belief that every human being is uniquely valuable and therefore ought to be accorded the highest respect and care. The concept of human dignity is intrinsic to non-discriminatory practices along with equal rights for all. Within the context of the global pandemic, the risk of food insecurity, the lack of access to health services and educational opportunities, the hit to women’s workplace participation, and the rise of a “shadow pandemic” are threatening human dignity, and especially women’s rights.
Virtually, on March 9 (12 pm – 5 pm EST), 10 (11 am – 4:30 pm EST), 11 (12 pm – 4 pm EST), 2021, the One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Human Dignity Post-COVID conference will showcase innovative and creative practices and approaches emerging from SMOs and educators who are searching to adapt to their new realities. Collectively, the conference sessions will demonstrate how these different ways of working, which could be either in classrooms or with projects and partnerships overseas, could pave the way to a just and green recovery.
SMOs should expect to:
Educators should expect to:
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