Distinguishing between …
Equity and Equality
The terms equity and equality are sometimes used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion because while these concepts are related, there are also important distinctions between them. Equity, as we have seen, involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. Equality, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Like equity, equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things. Learn more at ~SGBA Rising to the Challenge
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity, in broad terms, is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion. But it’s more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures. As a source and driver of innovation, diversity is a “big idea” in society.
Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion should be reflected in our cultures, practices and relationships that are in place to support our diversity.
In simple terms, diversity is the mix; inclusion is getting the mix to work well together.
Eradicating World Poverty through Gender Equity
Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Melinda Gates believes that the solution to eradicating world poverty is to empower young people to change world thinking on the value of women and children. The stronger the dominant social beliefs on gender equity in a nation, the greater the development of a country through social and economic opportunities. What does this mean for families? What is middle class? What does it look like to have a nation where all families are middle class? Let’s accelerate discovery of how to most effectively and intentionally identify and address gender inequalities and how this relates to wellbeing and world peace. What are the human rights issues involved? What is individual and intra-household decision-making power? What part does education play? What part do boys and men need to play? Consider beliefs and attitudes and how these can be changed. Artist Charmaine Lurch works with grade 5/6 students from Rose Ave PS in mapping the inequities in beliefs and opportunities in gender and turns it into a dialogue and visual arts game to affect change.
(The Immortal Life of) Henrietta Lacks
The true story of Henrietta Lacks who surprised doctors at John Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1950 when it was discovered her immortal (durable and prolific) cells could heal millions of sick and dying and also contribute to successful cloning, polio and other preventative vaccines and gene mapping. Henrietta died of cancer in 1951 and since then 11,000 patients have been involved in research with HeLa cells. Yet Henrietta never knew of her remarkable cells. She never gave her consent for their use and she and her poverty stricken family were never compensated. Here is a remarkable true story inspired program of a remarkable woman and her immortal cells expressed in a tiny petri dish. Ideal for grades 7 + 8 with Charmaine Lurch ~ Artistic Process + Short Film
Petri dish mini-sculpture art ~ Henrietta’s immortal cells ~ gr 7/8 Fairmount PS ~ Chairmaine Lurch ~
Seven Sacred Grandfather Teachings
The First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of North America were given the great gift of human understanding in Seven Teachings of the Sacred Grandfathers, oral traditions that form the foundation of their spirituality. Each teaching is represented by an animal and honours one of the basic virtues to a full and healthy life. Grounded in these teachings is the notion of mindfulness. When we are in balance with our world we contribute to overall harmony. This program brings Mariposa In The Schools Ojibwa storytelling Esther Osche into the classroom in partnership with visual artist and ICA sculptor Charmaine Lurch. Young students learn about balance and harmony through these remarkable tales and practice a visual interpretation of each. Ideal for grades 3 to 6 ~ Charmaine Lurch
Artistic Process + Short Film
The Woman Who Outshone the Sun
This legend is part of the oral history of the Zapotec People of Oaxaca, Mexico and adapted from a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez, a young Zapotec poet and social activist. It is the story of a beautiful and dignified woman named Lucia Zenteno who arrives in a village bringing with her dancing butterflies and brightly coloured flowers on her skirts. Even a loyal iguana walked at her side. Some said she outshone the sun. But the village soon becomes fearful of her differences and she is cast aside. The loss is deep and far beyond anyone could imagine. With story, word, visual art, mixed media and shadow puppets students explore concepts inherent in cultural competence to gain understanding of the importance of inclusion and its relationship to social justice and wellbeing at a global scale. Several artists ~ Ideal for grades 3 to 6 ~