BEtter for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality.

International Development Week Classroom Art Contest

It is International Development Week in Canada, February 7-13, an annual initiative held during the first week of February since 1991 to engage Canadians on global issues.

At SCIC we believe that art can make people stop and think, art can move people to action, but it doesn’t have to be traditional. Storytelling can be done in street art, in protest signs and across roadways (as in BLM on the streets of Washington, and rainbow crosswalks). We believe that art is activism!

The “BEtter for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality.” Classroom Art Contest challenges you to get creative and inspire others using art. Add your voice, along with your classmates’ voices, to a global movement of creating diversity, inclusion, and equality for all.

Rules & Guidelines:

  1. The contest is open to K-12 Classrooms in Saskatchewan 
  2. Classrooms will read the book “If The World Were a Village” by David J. Smith together as a class.
  3. Classes will decide on a theme in the book focussed around diversity, inclusion and equality that they want to represent through their art creations.
  4. Each student will create a work of art to reflect the theme the class chose from the book, “If The World Were a Village” and put their works of art together with their classmates’ works of art to create one large classroom art piece. This collaborative art piece will be submitted in the form of a photo of the combined pieces.
  5. Only one submission per class.
  6. Each class submission must be original and previously unpublished. It must also be the sole work of the students.
  7. Your class submission should take into account SCIC’s Value Statement: We are committed to the recognition of the dignity of all people and their right to self-determination, to the protection of the world’s fragile environment, to the equitable distribution of power, and to the promotion of global understanding, cooperation, peace and justice through mutual learning, partnership, transparency and solidarity.
  8. Classes and Teachers must agree to have the picture of their combined art project posted on SCIC’s social media channels (other information included with the photograph will be School, Grade, and Teacher’s Name).
  9. The winner will be chosen by SCIC’s Board of Directors through a voting process.
  10. The winning classroom will be awarded a Global Citizenship Education Package valued at $1000.

Where to find “If The World Were a Village”:

  1. Check your school’s library - you just might have a copy available!
  2. Order your own copy from Amazon, or ask your school’s teacher-librarian to order a copy for the school.
  3. Check out the free Read Aloud on YouTube 

If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People by David J. Smith, Shelagh Armstrong (Illustrator)

The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages -- updated with new content and insights about the world's people. First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting "world-mindedness" by imagining the world's population -- all 6.8 billion of us -- as a village of just 100 people. Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.


Ready to send? Send your submission to SCIC’s Education Program Coordinator - Amy at amy@saskcic.org

When submitting please include: name of the school, location of the school, grade of participating class, and Teacher’s name.

*** All entries must be submitted by Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5pm (CST) ***