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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 4, 2017 The English Montreal School Board’s B.A.S.E. Daycare program and Spiritual Animation Service were honoured recently with the Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education Play it Fair award.

Annually, Equitas acknowledges a Canadian organization, school or municipality with an award that promotes the advancement of human rights education. The presentation of the award coincides with National Child Day in November.

The EMSB was chosen for its Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair! initiative. This program is offered in 14 B.A.S.E. daycares and engages over 160 high school students via the Spiritual and Community Animation Service.

Examples of activities at EMSB schools include: videos and movie trailers on what safe and respectful places look like, a photo exhibit on children’s rights, murals in schools to welcome children, a story book on the environment and anti-bullying games.

“The B.A.S.E. program puts a lot of emphasis on nurturing and expanding existing partnerships in order to benefit the children to their greatest potential”, added Jennifer De Freitas, Project Development Officer with B.A.S.E. “A project like the Supporting Children as Leaders through Play it Fair! Program gave everyone involved the time, opportunity to develop a tailor-made project for B.A.S.E. that merged the Play it Fair! curriculum on values, with the B.A.S.E.'s goal of providing children with enriching and educational experiences.”

“The Spiritual and Community Animation Service allows the promotion of values such as cooperation, unity, inclusion, leadership, respect for diversity, acceptance, kindness and peaceful conflict resolution amongst our students,” said Rocco Speranza, Spiritual and Community Animator. “The Play it Fair program further encourages the development of these aforementioned values. It’s a great honour to be recognized for our work in the schools.”

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213