Students in Sudbury are eligible for the Canadian Global Citizens Fund, access to funding to make educational travel opportunities more accessible to students across Canada.
The funding is part of the $1 million fund from EF Educational Tours Canada, a company focused on offering students the opportunity to see the world and experience new communities, perspectives, and people.
The fund was created in consultation with Canadian school boards and community organizations to bring these experiences within reach for students who would not otherwise get the opportunity to travel.
Beginning this school year (2022/2023), the fund will support 500 students over the next four years in school communities nationwide that are in need of financial support and have identified travel-based learning as a priority, including schools in Sudbury.
The Canadian Global Citizens Fund is a community-owned and led initiative—educational leaders in the selected schools will be “empowered to select the students for whom the fund will deliver the most positive impact,” states the release from EF Education Tours Canada. The fund will cover the majority of students’ travel costs, giving them the ability to experience the life-changing impact of educational travel.
"We believe the world is a much better place when people try to understand one another across cultures, borders and languages; educational travel is a great way to foster these connections, while also having a positive, life-changing impact on students,” said Alison Hickey, President of EF Educational Tours Canada, told Sudbury.com.
“The goal of the Canadian Global Citizens Fund is to give all students – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability or socioeconomic status – the opportunity to experience the thrill of global travel. As fund recipients, students can embark on educational travel experiences that will unlock their potential, achieve improved learning outcomes, and ultimately gain skills to navigate and make an impact on our ever-evolving world.”