The Human Rights Education - Joanne Mackie Award is directed to providing financial support to home economics teachers for the pursuit of student learning about local and global human rights issues. This award can be used to build student knowledge about local and global citizenry in the context of home economics related projects. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) can serve as an inspiration and guidepost for the development of a project for the home economics classroom. (https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/) Canadian middle or secondary school home economics/human ecology/family studies educators are encouraged to apply.
Throughout her life, Joanne Mackie was a strong advocate for home economics/family studies education and leadership. During her 35-year career as an elementary school teacher, and later in retirement, Joanne was a dedicated member and volunteer for the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association (OFSHEEA). She served two terms as President of OFSHEEA. She was also instrumental in archiving documents for many local and national home economics associations and these documents are now safely stored in National and Provincial Archives. IFHE was a very special organization to Joanne. She travelled to meetings around the world representing Canada and OFSHEEA. In 2014, she was the main organizer of the very successful IFHE Council meeting in London, Ontario. Additionally, Joanne made several trips to Swaziland (now Eswatini) to assist with the development of home economics programs specific to that region. Joanne's work with the Hamilton Home Economics Association in Tanzania helped local groups bring attention to the importance of education for girls and the contributions of women in the workplace. Joanne was a truly great home economics ambassador for Canada and a very strong advocate for the principles and philosophy of home economics and for human rights all over the globe.
Up to $5,000 may be granted annually. More than one award award of lesser value may be granted.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. (Optional: Teachers are able to apply for funding in advance of the semester in which the project will occur.)
Please use the General Application Form.
Submit the completed application electronically as an e-mail attachment in Word to firstname.lastname@example.org
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