Making the Grade: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom

Middle Years 2010/2011 School Year

Making the Grade: Girls and Boys in the Global Classroom was a one-day conference for middle years students to explore how equality and education can make a world of difference for girls and boys around the globe.

Photo: ACDI-CIDA/Lana Slezic

Conference Dates

  • Morden
    Thursday, Nov. 4th, 2010
  • Beausejour
    Thursday, Nov. 25th, 2010
  • Winnipeg
    Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 2011
  • Winnipeg
    Thursday, Jan. 20th, 2011
  • Gimli
    Wednesday, Feb. 9th, 2011
  • Strathclair
    Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 2011


The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation hosted five Generating Momentum for Our World conferences throughout Manitoba in 2010 and 2011.

  • What are the different experiences of boys and girls around the world?
  • Why do some kids go to school, and others don’t?
  • What can we do to promote equality and education for all?

Students explored these topics and more during interactive presentations, circuit sessions and creative workshops.

Circuit Sessions

Sessions were 40 minutes in length. Students attended with their teachers.

Planning and Promoting

This circuit helped transform ideas into action! Students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an activity and raising awareness.

Public Speaking

Students were empowered to be confident, relaxed and engaging public speakers during this session. This circuit taught them to get their messages across effectively so they can spread the word about important global issues.


Building a better world is a group effort. In this circuit session students learned how to coordinate a group by encouraging others to join in and take action. Interactive simulations explored the various types of leaders and why all team roles are important. Students were able to use these valuable skills in and out of the classroom.

Creative Workshop Choices

The workshops were an opportunity for students to work outside of their school groups and explore a creative medium of their choice. A teachers workshop was 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 learned 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 went through the basics of how to create an original T-shirt design. Students learned about the silk screening process and how to design images with a message.

Theatre and Improv

This workshop explored theatre and improvisation techniques as a way of getting the message out. Students played theatrical games and learned how to build scenes through improvisation.

Digital Photography

Students learned to take documentary-style photographs as part of this workshop. Composition was explained as the students played 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)