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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Hon. Lisa M Thompson, Doug Ford

End Discriminatory Funding for Catholic, Public and Independent Schools in Ontario

The current school funding system in Ontario provides full funding for the public system and one private group and no funding for other independent schools. These other schools meet the same provincial requirements (and in many cases exceed them), and reduce the number of students in the public system. Catholics have the option of paying taxes and educating their children in the system of their choice at no additional cost. There is no reason to give that option to one group, at the exclusion of others. The result of this is that many families (including mine), pay their taxes and pay additionally for their children to attend an independent school. Many of these families, and the schools they attend, are not wealthy at all. This petition is not asking for funding for elite, private schools for the wealthy - simply to end an unjust funding practice. Many of these families take on debt and make significant financial sacrifices for their children to get the education they are seeking, while schools may also operate on a very tight budget. Many independent schools in other provinces receive some provincial funding.* However, Ontario has instead opted to give full funding to one group, at the expense of all others. The UN declared this is discriminatory in 1999,** and it needs to change.   Please equalize funding for all schools effective immediately, along with any possible back pay to make up for the many years of imbalance. As long as the Catholics receive any funding, all other schools that meet provincial requirements must receive the same (up to a certain, reasonable cap, based on public school spending/capita and other relevant criterion). If Catholic school funding is adjusted, the other schools must match accordingly. If no other private schools receive funding, then all funding should be removed from the Catholic board. Why is this important? * http://www.ourkids.net/school/provincial-funding-for-private-schools * https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/private-schools-are-not-subsidized ** http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/un-says-funding-of-catholic-schools-discriminatory-1.175008

Stephanie Janzen-Martin
1,677 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Matt Hancock MP, Damian Hinds MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Theresa May MP, Amanda Spielman, Maureen Watt MSP, UK Parliament

Add Mental Health Education to the mandatory teaching curriculum for all schools in the UK

When working to reduce stigma, I am continually concerned how a lack of education around mental health is contributing factor. This is something regularly raised as a mutual concern by guests on my mental health podcast plus several of them are actively working to fill this need by doing talks and workshops in schools. With one in four of us experiencing mental illness every year according to the charity Mind, this seems to be a real and very significant gap in our education system. KEY STATISTICS: - One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years has been diagnosed with/shows signs of a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. (1) - Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14 years, and 75% of this has developed by the age of 18. (2) - NHS England estimates that poor mental health costs the NHS and society £105 billion a year in England alone. (3) The statistics are shocking, yet whilst there is a whole subject in the curriculum around our physical health in the form of PE, our young people are left without any knowledge of even the most common mental illnesses. Not only does this leave them unprepared and vulnerable when it comes to looking out for their own mental health, but also sets the standard that Mental Health is not discussed. This plants a seed of stigma that many carry for their whole lives. Upon further research, there generally seems very little in the way of guidelines currently. For example, if Romeo and Juliet is studied as part of the curriculum when the two title characters kill themselves, this is considered the end of the story or worse romanticised as an ideal form of love. The very serious topic of suicide is frequently not even mentioned as part of schooling, and yet according to the BBC, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 49. It’s time to make a change. Even if a law was passed so every child receives one class about mental health during their time at school, this would be more than the vast majority currently get. We are keen to hear back from those in power on a more extensive plan to better the lives of our nation’s young people. CAMPAIGNING FOR: - Mental Health education becoming mandatory teaching for all schools in the UK without the addition of any exams or homework on this subject. - Every child having the ability to access a qualified counsellor through their school. This is something that many workplaces already offer. - Every school offering Mental Health training for its staff. Please join our petition to help bring us one step closer to making these requests a reality, thus helping safeguard the health of generations to come. Thank you for reading, Bobby Temps Host of ‘Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health’. Learn more about this petition and it’s creator at mentalpodcast.co.uk/petition   1. Source: Green h, McGinnity A, Meltzer h et al. (2005) Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain, 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan  2. Source: Murphy M and Fonagy P (2012). Mental health problems in children and young people. In: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012. London: Department of Health.  3. Source: NSPCC. How safe  are our  children? 2016

Bobby Temps
181,800 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Eoghan Murphy TD

Empower the Family (formerly The Hope Ireland Project)

Hi, My name is Deborah Somorin and I am 24 years old. I was homeless at 13, pregnant at 14 and a mother at 15. Thanks to the support of amazing people and organisations like Focus Ireland I went to DCU to study Accounting and Finance at 18 through the DCU Access programme. Thanks to a scholarship I then completed my Masters in Accounting in DCU . This helped me earn a place at one of the biggest accounting firms in the world where i've worked for the last 2 years. I have passed all my accounting exams and will qualify on completion of my training contract in October. My son Liam is now 9. I can stand on my own two feet now. I know other people aren't as lucky as I have been so I am now giving back and helping others achieve what I have achieved.  I’ve had this dream for ages but with the housing crisis at the moment and the support i've had since I came out with my story I thought why not do this now.  I’ve decided to open student accommodation for young disadvantaged parents (fathers and mothers - 17-26) in 3rd level education for example care leavers. When I was in DCU there were 4 young single moms there alone and we all had the same struggles, accommodation and childcare. This is a barrier to other young moms engaging in third level education and therefore being able to stand on their own feet. ​The accommodation will be similar to normal student accommodation with each family having their own mini apartment. It will also have a creche downstairs for the children in the accommodation to make sure the students have access to affordable childcare. There is a lack of availability of affordable homes and childcare at the moment for student parents so these are the needs this project will fulfill. It will also act as a motivator for young parents still in school who might feel college is an impossible option for them due to lack of availability of suitable accommodation or accommodation in a demotivating environment or lack of availability for affordable childcare places. With the knowledge this exists third level education becomes a goal to work towards and not a fantasy. This project will help break the homeless cycle for generations. Please show your support for the project by signing the petition which will be included as part of my proposal and business plan. You can found out more about me at: www.deborahsomorin.com. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Warm Regards, Deborah Somorin  

Deborah somorin
12,136 supporters