On Saturday, March 19th 2016, the FCSS-FESC hosted FORUM at the 519 Community Centre. FORUM was our public consultation day in Toronto to talk to students about the Student Bill of Rights, a document that aims to bring utility to secondary education through identifying specific criteria with regards to academic evaluations, treatment of students, and the rights of students to look for resolutions when they have been wronged. We also opened the floor for discussion about various issues present in education, and how we can together address these challenges.

There, attendees enjoyed an afternoon of eye-opening round-table discussions, where they proposed amendments to the Bill, as well as shared their own experiences with dealing with school-related issues. Prompted by the discussion group facilitators’ questions on academics and environments, the atmosphere was enthusiastic and lively as attendees offered their own point-of-view and debated amongst each other. The Student Bill of Rights Committees received many suggestions as to additions and amendments to the Bill, which they will add to the document to make it reflect the secondary student experience more accurately!

 

FORUM in motion.

FORUM in motion.

Now, let’s give a few shout outs:

  • The 519, for letting us host FORUM in their beautiful Grand Ballroom!

  • Panago provided a great variety of food, which everyone enjoyed! Thank you for being champions of student voice! #RandomActsOfPizza

  • To the facilitators, who worked above and beyond to stimulate the round-table discussions and made sure that every opinion was taken into account!

  • To the FCSS-FESC’s Bill of Rights Committee: your hard work of writing, editing, reading legal documents, and interviewing stakeholders was certainly reflected in the draft of the Bill of Rights! Thank you for creating the document that will defend the rights of secondary students across Canada!

  • Last but not least, a big shoutout to all attendees! We applaud you for being active stakeholders in your education, and beyond doubt, inspiring, assertive leaders!

Missed FORUM but still want to take charge of your education? Here is your chance to get involved with our online consultation! There are only 3 simple steps:

  1. Read the draft of the Student Bill of Rights!

  2. Tell us what you think!

  3. Tweet about it!

 

Let us continue to be champions of our own education, and we hope to hear more from you soon!

-- Jessica

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