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Éducaloi Launches the Second Edition of its Stand Up for Youth Essay Contest

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Montreal, September 20, 2011 - Éducaloi is excited to launch the second edition of its Stand Up for Youth essay contest for Quebec high schools. The first edition saw 600 entries from across the province.

The contest is built around the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Adopted by the United Nations in 1989, it is the most widely-accepted treaty in history.
Contest participants are invited to step into the lives of other teenagers through lifelike scenarios, and discover how the Convention protects children around the world.

“More and more, Quebec teenagers are citizens of the world,” said Geneviève Fortin, Éducaloi’s Interim Executive Director. “This contest helps them learn how their daily challenges are sometimes different from those of their peers, both here and in other countries.”

Éducaloi is inviting Secondary 4 and 5 teachers in English and French schools in Quebec to incorporate the contest into their lesson plans for the fall of 2011.


The contest gives students a chance to reflect on the wider world outside school and to practice their advocacy skills. In texts of 500 words, students must take a point of view based on legal concepts learned as part of the activity. Originality, quality of language and strength of the arguments are key criteria for the judges.
This citizenship education activity fits perfectly with English Language Arts, French as a Second Language, History and Citizenship Education, and Ethics and Religious Culture courses.

Teachers can find more information on the contest website Éducaloi provides all the materials teachers need, including background legal information and an explanation on how to seamlessly incorporate this activity into the classroom.

The deadline for entries is December 16, 2011 at 5 p.m. First-place winners will receive an iPad, and second-place winners $250 in cash!

This contest is being made possible thanks to financial support from the Human Rights Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Éducaloi also thanks its partners and sponsors: the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR),UNICEF Canada, the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, and the Société des écoles du monde du BI du Québec et de la francophonie (SÉBIQ).


Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide legal information to Quebecers in everyday language. The youth zone of its website has resources for students and teachers alike. Teachers can download ready-to-go activities. Students can learn about the law and careers in the justice sector through interactive activities.

Sarah Dougherty, Content Manager, Éducaloi
Tel: 514-954-3408 (ext. 3660)




Michael J. Cohen
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English Montreal School Board
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