Creating a Better Society: Empowering Our Students through Civic Engagement

TVO provides ways for Ontarians to participate meaningfully in the big issues defining our time. We do this by offering high-quality serious journalism that elevates the discussion and provides an opportunity for meaningful public conversation. The values of journalism – editorial integrity, independence, quality and diversity – are fundamental to civic engagement and the functioning of democratic societies and seem more important than ever before.

At TVO, we think that it’s crucial to make learning about civics truly engaging, and we provide learning opportunities to enable individuals to grow into active and informed citizens. Recently, TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) launched a new grade 10 online distance learning course titled, Civics and Citizenship. As students start their lessons for this course, they are greeted by an introductory video featuring Steve Paikin, TVO’s host of The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Who better to address the importance of civic engagement than the host of the most watched all-current affairs program in Ontario? In the video, Steve describes how we can all work together to create a better society for everyone. It’s great content – and another demonstration of how TVO is helping to reinvent the way we learn in the 21st century and how we participate as citizens in our democracy.

I invite you to watch the video, and share your thoughts on civic engagement in the comments below.