|EMSB B.A.S.E DAYCARE SPEARHEADS CHILDREN’S RIGHTS PROGRAM|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 16, 2015 — The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E) Daycare Program has implemented Play it Fair! in its daycares in order to educate children about their human rights and values.
Play it Fair! is a human rights educational toolkit designed by the organization Equitas—the International Centre for Human Rights Education. The program, which was designed for six to 12 year-old children, promotes human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution throughout non-formal educational instruction for children. Play it Fair! is an excellent resource pairing more than 60 games with discussion questions that promote positive values among children, such as respect, fairness, co-operation, inclusion, responsibility, acceptance and respect for diversity.
The B.A.S.E. Program’s goal in using the toolkit is to foster the development of an inclusive environment in all daycares through the positive value-instilling games as well as equip daycare staff with a variety of constructive responses to bullying conflicts they can use at any time. The B.A.S.E. Program first introduced the Play it Fair! toolkit to its daycares in November 2013 during its Annual Daycare Conference. A total of 28 daycare technicians attended a full-day Play it Fair! training where they learned about the program and how best to implement it into their daycares.
In Fall 2014, B.A.S.E. Program head office staff offered an intensive Play it Fair! training to daycare educators and lunch supervisors in three daycares: Dante, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Gerald McShane—with four more trainings planned in the New Year at Carlyle, Pierre de Coubertin, Our Lady of Pompei and Michelangelo. The B.A.S.E. Program’s goal is to train all daycare staff in all 28 daycares by 2016.
The B.A.S.E. Program head office staff also assists daycare staff in facilitating Play It Fair! activities on pedagogical days. This school year, in celebration of National Child’s Day, the B.A.S.E. Program team spearheaded three Play It Fair! pedagogical days at Westmount Park, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Dante Daycares. The B.A.S.E. Program team also offers 10-week Play it Fair! programs after school.
To read more about the Play it Fair! program, find related articles published in the Touching B.A.S.E. newspapers in the press clippings section of the B.A.S.E. Daycare blog at www.daycarematters.com.
Michael J. Cohen