Friday, January 8, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Pt 1: Neglecting Children - We started this segment with some sound of a trip to a school in Northern Ontario where the staff have created a space that's specifically to help them cope with the challenges of elementary school.
It's Friday January 8th.
Currently, Man. I feel like a woman.
This is The Current.
We started this segment with some sound of a trip to a school in Northern Ontario where the staff have created a space that's specifically to help them cope with the challenges of elementary school.
The idea is that kids who need extra love, support and encouragement can find it there. Some of the children suffer from neglect ... or come from underprivileged backgrounds. They're kids who could easily end up marginalized in school ... or in the cycle of foster care. The number of children facing neglect and abuse is on the rise across Canada.
This morning, we were joined by two people with some thoughts on what to do about that. Katreena Scott is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. And Jeanette Lewis is the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. They were both in our Toronto studio.
Listen to Part One:
Music & Kids - Raffi
We started this segment hearing from some of the students at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto. It's a pretty amazing place. And one of the things that makes it special is the school's dedication to music.
Music was an important influence for me when I was growing up. It helped me through some difficult times. And it gave me something positive to focus on. And at this school, the teachers know that fostering talent of any kind is a key factor in any child's development.
Our next guest knows a thing or two about the positive effects music can have on children. Raffi Cavoukian is a world-famous children's musician and child advocate. He was in Victoria.
Music & Kids - Cadence Weapon
And for another perspective on the positive role that music can play in a young person's life, we were joined by Rollie Pemberton. He's better known as Cadence Weapon. He's a rapper, producer and the City of Edmonton's Poet Laureate. But he was in Montreal this morning.
Artist: Dragon Fli Empire ft. Cadence Weapon
Cut: 6, Outside Inn
Listen to Part Two:
Around the world, there are 72 million children who don't have access to education. And now FIFA -- the international governing body of soccer -- has teamed up with the Global Campaign for Education to try to change that.
The result is the 1-Goal campaign. And the idea is to make sure that every single child in the world is able to go to school. It's a lofty goal. But the campaign has a powerful backer. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the co-founder of the 1-Goal campaign. She was in Amman, Jordan.
Last Word - Free
We ended the show today with a song that has inspired our guest host, Shania Twain over over the years. We played Stevie Wonder's Free.
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Cut: 4, Free
Listen to Part Three: