#CanadaWeWant Report on the Future of Public Education
Youth participants from across Canada collaborated on a Future of Public Education (FOPE) theme-team at the 2020 #CanadaWeWant conference. They worked together to develop recommendations for People for Education, exploring how the public education system needs to change and identifying steps that could be taken to achieve that vision.
Ideas emerged from in-depth discussions among youth participants who shared their unique experiences with the education system. Youth were encouraged to explore the topic of education through a rights-based lens and over the conference week, they participated in several activities to learn about their own rights including a focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Youth learned to differentiate between their own wants, needs, and rights. These activities helped participants identify gaps, both systemically and individually, in how their rights are currently being respected in the
After exploring these challenges, young people were then supported to propose
creative solutions so that current and future students experience a high quality, rights-respecting education. PFE and SCC are happy to share the full report, assembled by youth leaders of the #CanadaWeWant conference.