The Canadian Citizenship Test Challenge gives students from grade 7 to grade 12 an opportunity to test their knowledge of Canada by studying for and writing a citizenship exam. In this challenge students compete with other students from different schools across Canada.
The exam is based on the book Discover Canada – The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. This book is the official government study guide which immigrants must read to obtain all the knowledge necessary to pass their citizenship test as part of the process to becoming a Canadian Citizen. The guide includes information on Canadian history, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
The Historica-Dominion Institute issues the challenge. The Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian History, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada funds this project to make it possible. Proud sponsors which provide prizes for the challenge include: Red Canoe, Canada’s National History Society, Penguin Books, The Royal Canadian Geographical society, and Staples.
Park West School is the home of this year’s winners of the challenge which was announced in Halifax, February 2013 by the Historica-Dominion Institute. The grade 7 classroom beat out more than 1000 classrooms across Canada for the top prize. This prize included a visit from the former Lieutenant-Governor, the Honorable Myra Freeman. The students were honored at a special citizenship celebration. Park West winners gathered to hear inspiring stories of civic engagement from Canadian Forces members as well as the Honorable Myra Freeman. They also participated in a Reaffirmation Ceremony to boost their civic spirit.
“By studying Discover Canada, and winning the Canadian Citizenship Challenge, these young students have reinforced the fact that whether we are citizens of Canada by birth or by choice, we should all learn our past and the people and events that made Canada what it is today.” Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Multiculturalism. This is the third year of the Challenge. Last year more that 44,000 students competed in the 2012 edition of the Challenge.
You can learn more about specific details of the Canadian Citizenship Test Challenge by checking out canadiancitizenshipchallenge.ca.
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