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Making the Grade: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom

Released on January 18th 2011

One hundred and twenty-five students from Winnipeg and surrounding areas will be coming together at the Glenwood Community Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday January 19 and Thursday January 20, 2011 to learn about gender equality in education around the world. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is organizing its annual Generating Momentum Middle Years Conference in Winnipeg with a second date on the 19th added due to high demand.

The purpose of the Generating Momentum for Our World – Making the Grade: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom conferences is to get youth informed and encourage them to take action when they return to their schools and communities. This week’s conferences are the third and fourth in a series of six to be held throughout Manitoba between October 2010 and March 2011.

Through a series of simulation games, circuit sessions and workshops, participants will learn about gender inequality in education, related to broader issues such as poverty, child labour and water and sanitation. Students will discover answers to important questions such as: How are the Millennium Development Goals on Education being met? Why do only 46% of girls in the developing world graduate high school and why do only 8% of these girls get to go to university or college? What are the factors preventing students from going to school? What can students in Manitoba do in their schools and local communities to help raise awareness?

The Honourable Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors will address the students during the opening plenary at 9:00AM during the January 20th conference. Students from schools throughout Winnipeg will be attending the two conferences, as well as students from Blumenort School, La Salle School and Pinawa Secondary School.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum conference – Making the Grade: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom Glenwood Community Centre, 27 Overton Street, Winnipeg, MB January 19 & 20, 2011. 9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The morning session will include an opening plenary and circuit sessions on public speaking, event planning and leadership. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops on theatre, digital photography, silk screening and video making. Media are recommended to stop by during the day for photo and filming opportunities and to speak with MCIC staff and the student participants.