The Center for Social Innovation in Social Education La troisième avenue, in partnership with Parents en action pour l'éducation, have organized a discussion amount children and adults at Saint-Laurent. Parents, children and teachers will discuss the dignity and rights of children, intimidation, marginalization. The difficulties of student retention.
The organizers want the discussion to focus on what children have to say and their solutions to problems at school.
Spleen in schools
The dropout rate in Saint-Laurent is 35% like it is on the rest of the island of Montreal. "There is unhappiness at school," says Judith Roan, organizer at La troisième avenue.
We see the problems in school from an individual standpoint, but it's not the problem of an individual. It’s a society problem. We are collectively responsible for what happens in schools, she said. La troisième avenue is working toward a greater social, economic and cultural justice. She aims to prevent schools from inculcating social injustices to the next generation. "The schools should be a place where immigrants can study without the burden of discrimination", said Judith Roan.
Because it is still difficult to talk openly about the unhappiness of children in schools, La troisième avenue has decided to organize discussions around children's rights. Last year, the children identify four rights that must be respected: the right to be who they are without discrimination, to develop to their full potential, to be heard and listen to and to be respected in their ideas and opinions.
The discussions's report will be given to schools and parents who request it.
The purpose of this meeting is to establish a dialogue all together, without blames. "To take the time to discuss about education. Let's see how we can look at things from a society standpoint and find solutions in the children interest ", summarized Ms. Rouan.