Publications

First Consultation of the Americas – Ministers of Education: “A New Culture of Health in the School Context,” Mexico City, Mexico, October 16–19, 2012

This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the First Consultation of the Americas – Ministers of Education: “A New Culture of Health in the School Context,” held in October 2012 in Mexico City. It also provides the main messages conveyed by the Canadian delegation to participants. The consultation focused on successful practices in four priority areas: obesity, lack of physical activity, substance abuse, and sexual and reproductive health.

Categories: At-risk students, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Student Health and Safety, Special needs students, Teachers and Teaching

Report on the PCERA 1999 Pan-Canadian Research Agenda Symposium

In early August 1998, CESC circulated a request for proposals to the education research community. Researchers were asked to write a proposal to develop a 6000-word paper that both reviewed the current state of research and proposed research questions for a pan-Canadian agenda on any one of the priority subjects that constituted the PCERA. Twelve papers were completed and presented at the PCERA Symposium.

Categories: Civic and Citizenship Education, Diversity, Education data and research, Equity, Information and Communication Technologies, Learning Outcomes, Special needs students, Teachers and Teaching

United Nations Literacy Decade, 2003-2012

This report looks at literacy activities from 2004 to 2006 of the provincial, territorial, and federal governments, and of civil society, under the six themes outlined by UNESCO for this review: policy; flexible programs; capacity building of educators, stakeholders, and partners; research; community participation; and monitoring and evaluation. The report includes literacy for young children, school-aged children, and adults, with special attention paid to groups such as Aboriginal learners, new immigrants, special-needs students, families, and workers.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Adult Education, At-risk students, Inclusive Education, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Skills Training, Special needs students, Teacher education and professional development

UNESCO Seventh Consultation of Member States on the Implementation of the Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education

UNESCO regularly monitors the implementation of its Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education. The purpose of the convention and recommendation is not only the elimination of discrimination in education, but also the adoption of measures aimed at promoting equality of educational opportunity and treatment. For each of the six main articles of the convention and recommendation, UNESCO has prepared specific questions that probe the application of each of the articles. The chapters that respond to the questions on the first three articles focus on educational laws, legislative texts, and policies that prohibit discrimination in education and promote equal educational opportunities, and how these laws and policies conform to the convention and recommendation. The issues include: free and equitable access to elementary and secondary education; the establishment and quality-control of public, separate, and private school systems; access of foreign nationals to school systems and credential recognition; public-school funding; and postsecondary access and student financial support. The chapter on the fourth article looks at "reaching the un-reached" and the policy measures and programs that enable disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to have access to basic education. To reflect the pan-Canadian context, the groups that have been included are Aboriginal students, children of immigrants, visible-minority students, and special-needs students. The chapter on the fifth article probes the issues of human-values education and national-minority education. In the chapter corresponding to the seventh article, an overview of the results and obstacles is presented, along with a review of the main issues to be addressed in the ongoing fight against discrimination in education.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, At-risk students, Diversity, Education systems structure and operation, Educational funding, Equity, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, International students, Official languages, Special needs students

Report to UNESCO and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Human Rights Education: Report for Canada 2005–2009

At the request of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UNESCO has asked member states to report on the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, 2005–2009. CMEC and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO have collaborated to prepare the report for Canada covering the period from 2005 to 2009.The main sections of the report deal with policies and policy implementation, learning environments, teaching and learning processes and resources, and the training of school personnel.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Civic and Citizenship Education, Curriculum, Diversity, Equity, Official languages, Special needs students, Teaching tools and Resources

Quality Education for All Young People: Challenges, Trends, and Priorities

This report was prepared for the International Conference on Education (ICE) in 2004. At ICE, the implications for secondary education were considered in terms of qualitative expansion and greater access, but also in relation to other crucial aspects, such as the scope, function, quality, and relevance of secondary- education systems. Within this framework, the policies and practices of the educational jurisdictions across Canada are presented under the headings of gender equality, social inclusion, Aboriginal, immigrant, and special-needs students, flexibility and skills learning, human-values education, education for sustainable development, and the role of teachers.

Categories: Indigenous Education, At-risk students, Education systems structure and operation, Equity, International Organizations and Meetings, School improvement, Special needs students, Technical and vocational education

The UNESCO Recommendation Against Discrimination In Education - The Status in Canada

The UNESCO Convention and the Recommendation Against Discrimination in Education were adopted by the General Conference in 1960. By 1997, five consultations of member states had been conducted to monitor the progress made and the obstacles still to be overcome. This sixth consultation focused on the status of the basic education of four population groups: women and girls, persons belonging to minority groups, refugees, and indigenous peoples. This report provides an overall picture of the situation in Canada, describing in general terms the legislation and policies underpinning the actions being undertaken to counter discrimination in education. The results of these initiatives are also summarized.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, At-risk students, Diversity, Education systems structure and operation, Educational funding, Equity, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, International students, Official languages, Special needs students

Strengthening Aboriginal Success - Summary Report

This report is intended to be a summary of the proceedings of the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education, and is largely summative and reflective in nature. It has been created around several broad themes according to "What we heard" at the summit.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Adult Education, At-risk students, Early childhood education, Equity, Inclusive Education, Learner transitions, Postsecondary education, Special needs students, Teaching tools and Resources, Teachers and Teaching

Access, Inclusion and Achievement: Closing the Gap Country Response: Canada

The 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers was held in 2003. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) prepared this document on policies, strategies, practices, critical concerns, and aspirations for education, specifically in relation to the theme "Access, Inclusion and Achievement - Closing the Gap." The report is divided into two sections: Part A consists of best practices, case studies, innovative solutions and policies, and challenges of the educational systems in the provinces and territories, organized around the themes of access, inclusion, and achievement; Part B is linked to the nine points in the Halifax Statement for Education, which resulted from the 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 2000, and presents progress and success since that meeting in the areas most relevant to Canada's experience, including technologies in education and teacher training.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Assessment and evaluation, At-risk students, Inclusive Education, Learning Outcomes, Literacy, Prior Learning assessment and recognition, School improvement, Special needs students, Teacher education and professional development