August 25, 2005 13:00 ET

CIDA/Canada Supports Global Education Work of Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation

WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 25, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will contribute $50,500 to support the WorldBeat Global Education project, a Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) initiative. WorldBeat will identify, evaluate and promote global education resources for Saskatchewan teachers and students.

"Generating awareness among Canadian youth about global issues is fundamental to Canada's development efforts," Minister Carroll said during a meeting with the SCIC. "I am pleased to see that the council is working with CIDA to inform and educate youth in Saskatchewan to help them become good global citizens."

The council will also organize leadership forums on global themes and development topics for teachers and students. The sessions will allow participants to increase their knowledge by providing opportunities for professional development, discussion and peer support.

This is the fourth year the SCIC has successfully competed for funds from CIDA's Global Classroom Initiative. The purpose of the funding program is to support the development and delivery of school-based global education resources and activities in Canadian schools.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    France Bureau
    Press Secretary
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)