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Advocacy | Our Right to Learn

Over the past four years, Ophea has led a coalition of over 50 organizations calling on the government of Ontario to finalize, release, and support the implementation of the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum (grades 1 – 12).

At the end of July, the Minister of Education made a public commitment to undertake additional consultations on HDSH (human development and sexual health) and to release the grades 1-12 H&PE curriculum for implementation in schools by September 2015.

H&PE is a core subject taught in Ontario schools with the aim of fostering student health and well-being. The public commitment by the Minister of Education is a necessary milestone in ensuring that an updated and finalized curriculum is implemented in all of Ontario’s publically funded schools.

The government has put forward an achievable timeline to ensure that both the elementary and secondary students across the province will finally have access to an updated, research-based curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year.

This will result in better health and well-being for our kids.

Ophea has released an op-ed to media outlets across the Province highlighting the importance of this curriculum and acknowledging the public commitment of the government.

H&PE is the only curriculum that integrates the learning of important living skills such as critical thinking, personal skills, and interpersonal skills. Not only is the curriculum out of date, but it is the oldest in all of Canada.  The government has a responsibility to finalize and implement this curriculum consistent with current research and policies.  Once released and fully implemented, this curriculum stands to be the single largest health promotion intervention the province has ever seen, having an impact on 2.1 million students and their families.

Already published in the Guelph Mercury and the Hamilton Spectator, the op-ed can also be viewed here.

Ophea remains committed to working in partnership to assist schools, educators and public health leaders with implementation tools to support the H&PE curriculum.

Sex Ed Facts Poster Sex Ed Report
Facts About Sexual Health Education Poster Sexual Health Education in Schools Across Canada
It’s Time to Take Action for Ontario’s Kids
It’s Time to Take Action for Ontario’s Kids Parent Opinion Survey

Ophea is committed to working in partnership with government, non-government, and community partners to advocate for healthy public policy related to Health and Physical Education (H&PE) in schools and healthy, active living in communities. We are also committed to playing a strong leadership role on related committees and at stakeholder events.

Ophea’s Advocacy Goal

To continue to advocate in partnership for the development and implementation of inclusive policies that enhance healthy, active living.