MONTRÉAL, 26 October 2012 - American teenage actress Joey King, who is in Montréal shooting a major motion picture called White House Down, will visit Westmount Park Elementary School (15 Park Place) on Monday October 29 (12h45) as a special ambassador to UNICEF Québec. She will talk about the importance of making a positive difference in the world, even at a young age.
Joey has starred in movies like Ramona and Beezus and the Dark Knight Rises. She’s making time in her busy schedule to speak with Montréal youth regarding the impact of UNICEF’s work on behalf of children in Canada and around the world. She is enthusiastic about her involvement with this cause and never misses an opportunity to inspire her peers.
“Joey’s enthusiasm is contagious, when she told us that she wanted to know what UNICEF means to children in Montréal, we immediately thought about introducing her to the students of Westmount Park Elementary School, the first school in Québec to have joined our Right Respecting School program,” says UNICEF Québec Executive Director Mélissa de Roquebrune. “Seeing these students and Joey being so proactive is motivating to all of us.”
The Rights Respecting School program is designed to be a framework for educational improvement that builds upon what schools are doing to transform the whole school with a consistent, rights-based approach. Children learn about the importance of rights and the responsibilities that accompany them. They come into early contact with the universal ideals of respect for oneself and for others, in the school community and in an interdependent world.
Joey even got some of her co-stars in White House Down, including Channing Tatum, to assist in a promotional UNICEF video and invited Montréal students to enter a UNICEF contest to win a bowling evening with her.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief, and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children, regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization
About the Rights Respecting School program
UNICEF Canada’s Rights Respecting Schools Initiative uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as a basis for enhancing an inclusive, participatory and respectful school culture for children and adults.
From what is taught and learned in the classroom, to how students participate in school life, to administrative and policy decisions, to initiatives addressing diversity, bullying or special needs, Rights Respecting Schools reinforce provincial and territorial efforts to create a learning environment in which both children and adults feel respected and act responsibly.
As a framework for educational improvement, the initiative helps schools address the whole learning environment by using a consistent, rights-based approach. Children learn about the importance of rights and the responsibilities that accompany them. They come into early contact with the universal ideals of respect for oneself and for others, in the school community and in an interdependent world.
This approach directly supports regional educational policies that deal with issues of equity and inclusion, diversity, social justice, student engagement and global education or citizenship by introducing a common language and framework based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
For information please contact:
Mélissa de Roquebrune,
Tel. 514 288-5134 ext. 8431
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243