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Advocacy | Our Right to Learn

For the last four years, along with support from over 50 partners, Ophea has advocated to the government of Ontario to update the 15 year old Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum.  It has been our collective position that students have a right to a current, research based curriculum that enables them to take responsibility for their own health and avoid preventable negative health outcomes.

Now more than ever we believe that students need a 21st century curriculum, however, at this point in time it is Ophea’s opinion that the government build upon the considerable groundwork used in developing the 2010 curriculum and undertakes an expedited revision of the full H&PE curriculum (grades 1-12, all strands).  A full review will ensure that the curriculum remains current, cohesive and meets the needs of today's students. We feel that the curriculum review process should be started in Fall 2014 to ensure it remains apolitical and gets the attention it deserves and take no longer than a year to complete and release.

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.