Students in thousands of classrooms across the country will take a mock citizenship test over the next three years under a new national program designed to promote civic pride and integration.
Starting this summer, the Historica-Dominion Institute will be encouraging more than 5,000 middle and high school teachers to register their classrooms for the initiative, called the Canadian Citizenship Challenge.
Each classroom will receive the new citizenship guide, “Discover Canada,” along with specially designed learning activities and copies of a mock citizenship exam. Students will take the citizenship test as a class and the teachers will return the completed exams to the Historica-Dominion Institute for grading. There will be prizes awarded for the best scores.
“Our schools need to be training our young people to become the citizens of tomorrow. Citizenship is not only about new Canadians, it’s about all Canadians, young and old,” Andrew Cohen, president of the institute, said in a press release.
“The Canadian Citizenship Challenge will encourage students to learn more about what it means to be Canadian and then put that knowledge to the test.”
The 32-month project is being run by the Historica-Dominion Institute and funded to the tune of $525,000 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
“This will be a fun way for students to learn about Canada and feel proud of our shared history and accomplishments,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
“As we learn about our past and the people and events that made Canada what it is today, we become more proud to be Canadian. We are inspired to see how we can defend our rights and live up to our responsibilities and we feel much more strongly how valuable it is to be a citizen of Canada.”
The Historica-Dominion Institute will announce the exam results on Flag Day (Feb. 15) each year for the next three years. For more information, visit the institute’s website at www.historica-dominion.ca.