Faith and Equity
It is the policy of the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board PVNCCDSB, in accordance with the Church’s teachings, to provide in all its operations an educational environment which supports diversity within its Catholic community by adhering to the “Guiding Principles of the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy of Ontario’s Ministry of Education” and the 2017 Ontario Equity Action Plan.
PVNCCDSB recognizes the harmonious relationship between faith and equity embedded in the context of Catholic Social Teaching. The dignity and worth of every student, parent, and employee are paramount. In particular, the equitable achievement and access to possibility accompanies the journey of faith we undertake every day in pursuit of the common good.
Faith and equity are not distinct manifestations but the realization of possibility grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose invitation to the table is extended to all. This work is mindful of the teachings of Pope Francis, who spoke of this pursuit to the United Nations:
The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature. (September, 2015)
PVNCCDSB Equity Advisor
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board is proud to announce that Mante Molepo has joined the Board as an equity advisor consultant effective Aug. 23, 2021.
Mante is a consultant who works with school boards, governments and non-profit organizations on issues related to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.
She is also a founding member and director of Parents for Diversity, a non-profit organization that collaborates with families, schools and communities to create equitable and inclusive education for all students.
Mante served on the advisory committee for the Ontario College of Teachers to develop an Additional Qualification (AQ) guideline to address anti-Black racism as part of the College’s ongoing and long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity.
In 2020, Mante was recognized as a Community Builder by the United Way and in 2018, she was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Women.
In her new role with PVNC, Mante will draft the Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Policy and Action Plan. Through the writing of this plan, she is consulting with various stakeholders. Furthermore, she is consulting with Clarington Schools on the topic of Anti-Black Racism and is supporting the Board’s Demographic Student Census Project.