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Ottawa School Hosts “Seeds of Hope”

By Dwight Rudisuela, Ottawa

Malia Robin, Teacher at Cairine Wilson Secondary SchoolMalia Robin, a teacher at Cairine Wilson Secondary School

From April 5-7, Ottawa's Cairine Wilson Secondary School hosted the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" a joint initiative of SGI and the Earth Charter International. The exhibition was displayed in both English and French versions along with the video "A Quiet Revolution."* 

The exhibition was part of school's Diversity Day celebrations on May 5 but classes were invited to visit the exhibition on May 4 and 6 as well. 

Cairine Wilson is one of the top environmentally friendly school's in Ontario having achieved gold certification from Ecoschools Ontario. Also, part of Cairine Wilson's mission statement reads: "As a community, we raise our students to be critical thinkers, to strive for academic excellence, and to be life-long learners. We also raise our students to be citizens of the world..." This exhibition was very apt and highly supported by the administration. 

Over 200 students and staff viewed the exhibition set up in the learning commons. There were many staff and students who commented on the exhibition's ability to inspire people to actively contribute to sustainability.

Organizer and teacher Malia Robin thought the panels were beautiful. "My students were very engaged, we learned a lot!  This activity really helped us become more aware of what is going on in the world around us, that there are many projects and people working for sustainability, diversity and hope. The pictures and the quotes were very impactful.” 

Cheryl Daniel's senior art class viewed the exhibition and watched the video "A Quiet Revolution" in class. Her students were quite impressed saying, "I liked the quotes - they were moving", "I liked that it was concise and to the point", "Artistically well done - balance, unity, emphasis, colour - looked great" 

Sarah Hurley brought both of her Food and Nutrition classes through. "I absolutely loved the panels, their messages and stories. After touring we had an engaging class discussion about the link between the panels and pillars of food security (availability, accessibility, adequacy, acceptability and sustainability). Thank you for bringing this to our school!" 

* http://www.sgi.org/resources/video-and-audio/educational-tools/a-quiet-revolution-full-length/