Goals for a Better World

Middle Years 2013/2014 School Year

Goals for a Better World is a one-day conference for Middle Years students that will explore the reduction of poverty, looking at how far we’ve come and how we can take action for our future.

Conference Dates

  • Morden
    Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2013
  • Virden
    Thursday, Jan. 16th, 2014
  • WinnipegFull
    Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014
  • Minnedosa
    Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2014
  • Selkirk
    Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 2014


What is poverty? Who experiences poverty? What is being done to improve the lives of people around the world? How do development projects change the way people experience poverty? What can we do to ensure a good life for everyone?

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is proud to host five Generating Momentum for Our World conferences throughout Manitoba in 2013 and 2014.

What You Need To Know

  • Students will explore the concepts of poverty and the good life. They will investigate what is being done to reduce poverty, how different development projects work, and what they can do to ensure a good life for people around the world.
  • Schools are invited to send six students and one teacher to participate in the conference. The cost is $15 per students (free for teachers), which includes lunch and snacks.
  • The conference consists of an opening plenary, followed by three circuit sessions, a creative workshop, and a closing plenary.
  • The conferences begin at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm
  • Conferences often fill up well before the registration deadline, so be sure to register early to secure a spot!

Circuit Sessions

Sessions are 40 minutes in length. Students attend with their teachers.

Planning and Promoting

This circuit will help transform ideas into action! Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an activity or event, and raising awareness.

Public Speaking

Students are empowered to be confident, relaxed and engaging public speakers. This circuit will teach them to get their messages across effectively so they can spread the word about important global issues.

Goals for Our World: Past, Present, and Future

In this session, students will learn about the Millennium Development Goals agreed upon by the United Nations in the year 2000. They will examine different projects that work to achieve these goals, and discuss the way these goals work together to ensure a better life for all. Students will explore the successes and shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals as they reach the end of their lifespan and will be encouraged to create their own goals for the future.

Creative Workshops

The workshops are an opportunity for students to work outside of their school groups and explore a creative medium of their choice. They can rank their choice of workshop in order of preference on the registration form. A teachers workshop is held concurrent to these workshops.


Making a short video is a great way to get your message out to the public. As part of this workshop, students learn the basics of camera operation, storyboarding and how to set up a shot.

Silk Screening

For those who like to make a fashion statement, this workshop will go through the basics of how to create an original T-shirt design. Students will learn about the silk screening process and how to design images with a message.


This workshop will explore theatre techniques as a way of getting the message out. Students will play theatrical games and learn how to build scenes through improvisation.

Digital Photography

Students will learn to take documentary-style photographs as part of this workshop. Composition is explained as the students play with light, movement and content.

MCIC Fair Trade Manitoba Government of Manitoba Global Affairs Canada

This program was made possible with financial support of the Government of Manitoba,
and was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)