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Toronto Catholic District School Board

International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2015


A Message from the Director of Education And Chair of the Board For International Human Rights Day


We are privileged to live in a country where human rights are protected and valued. As a Catholic community we are blessed to work in an environment where Christian values of compassion, dignity, respect, acceptance and inclusion form the foundation of our schools.
Our Catholic Social Justice Teachings proclaim that “we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Solidarity means that "loving our neighbour" has global dimensions in an interdependent world.” Our virtues of the month and Catholic social justice teachings focus on some very basic principles such as human dignity, community and the common good, options for the poor and vulnerable, stewardship of creation and dignity of workers.
We see staff and parents who strive to model the Catholic values that we embrace. We take great pride in seeing how our students respond by taking on leadership roles in transforming their world for the better through initiatives in their local schools and beyond.
With the approach of International Human Rights Day on December 10th, we encourage everyone to take time to pray for those around the world who are denied their basic God-given human rights, who are imprisoned unjustly, live in poverty, denied respect and freedom, and who are abused and neglected. Take a moment to pray also for world leaders that they will be inspired to use their power to bring about positive change. Continue to pray for all our young people who will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring that human rights are preserved, protected and advanced in the future.
As Pope Francis says: “We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, and spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.”
Angela Gauthier                                 Angela Kennedy
Director of Education                         Chair of the Board
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.--Pope Francis