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Students learned about living in poverty at Poverty Challenge Quinte

October 12, 2017—Students from secondary schools experienced what it’s like to live in poverty at the Poverty Challenge Quinte.

During this one-day event they participated in a simulation where they explored what it is like to access social services, such as applying for social assistance, getting a birth certificate for their children or registering for school as a teenager who has no parent/guardian connection. They gained an understanding of poverty issues, contexts and barriers within the local and provincial areas.

Debriefing sessions supported the exploration of concepts of equity.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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Students participated in a simulation at Poverty Challenge Quinte. Here they have assumed the identity of someone who is applying for social assistance benefits.
student at food bank simulation
A students is engaging in a simulation activity of applying for food at the local food bank.



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At the end of the day, students participated in a debriefing session where they filled out a post cards with actions to take back to their school. This student committed to ‘make everyone feel welcome and not discriminate.’
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Last updated: October 17, 2017 at 8:41 am
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