When young people get involved in favor of the environment: the Quebec School Pact

On the occasion of the 2nd fall congress of IDÉE Entrepreneurial Education, in October 2019, we met Dominic Vézina, AVSEC at Collège Regina Assumpta, as well as Catherine and Noémie, students of the same establishment, to talk about their great entrepreneurial project. environmental: the Quebec school pact. This invites the management of establishments to take concrete measures to limit their carbon footprint.

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On the occasion of the 2e IDÉE Entrepreneurial Education fall congress, in October 2019, we met Dominic Vézina, AVSEC at College Regina Assumpta, as well as Catherine and Noémie, students of the same establishment, to talk about their great entrepreneurial project with an environmental flavor: the Pacte de l Quebec school. This invites the management of establishments to take concrete measures to limit their carbon footprint. 

Interview with Stéphanie Dionne, text by Audrey Miller

Catherine and Noémie, students at Collège Regina Assumpta, a private high school in Montreal, are part of the team that carries a great entrepreneurial project called the Quebec school pact. The latter invites schools, particularly targeting management, to formally commit to actions aimed at reducing their environmental impact. It also aims to make young people and the population aware of climate change. By the time we met them, around fifty schools had already signed it. As of today, we are talking about more than 75, mobilizing around 77,000 students!

On the occasion of the 2e IDÉE Entrepreneurial Education fall congress, held in October 2019 in Lévis, they explain to us what the Pact is and how they implement it in their establishment. They specify in particular that those who adhere to them may decide to set up a variety of initiatives among those proposed, depending on what is within their reach. The following four axes are proposed: 

  • School governance (to recognize its social and environmental responsibilities as an educational institution);
  • Teaching and educational activities (to promote and encourage the teaching of environmental content and various educational activities linked to eco-responsibility and eco-citizenship);
  • Infrastructure and material resources (to integrate and apply the principles and practices of sustainable development in the management of the building, its facilities and the activities therein);
  • Partnership with the community (to join forces with all of the community's partners to ensure consistency in the interventions and the success of the process).

The objective is to initiate, from the school, a lasting change that will radiate throughout the community.

The animator of spiritual life and community engagement (AVSEC) Dominic Vézina, one of the initiators of Quebec school pact, which supports students in its implementation, adds that 50,000 students affected by the initiative, that also makes 100,000 parents! “If each school is mobilized around a structuring project like this one, we are convinced that the changes that we make in the life of the school, necessarily, will have an impact on the community. "

Moreover, at the time of this writing, according to the website, more than 1,300,000 people are directly or indirectly affected by this Pact!

Listen to them explain everything in more detail in our interview.

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Stephanie Dionnehttp://ecolebranchee.com/famille
Stéphanie Dionne is director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker. It contributes to the influence of players in the education sector and its ecosystem. In addition, it supports parents, teachers and workers in a mentality of co-education in order to allow young people to become fulfilled citizens in the digital age.