Merit Partners

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

UNICEF Canada

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is one of the world’s best recognized charities for children and a leading advocate for children, helping to build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, working tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. UNICEF Canada is a Canadian charity supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion, or politics. As part of the UN, it is active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization - with both unparalleled determination and reach. Through our fundraising activities, Merit Education has donated $70,000 to UNICEF Canada, which is to be used to finance healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief, and more, for children around the world. Merit Education is excited to have this unique opportunity to align with the world’s leading and most respected children’s organization to ensure that the health, education, equality and protection of all children is advanced. 

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.  Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, its membership is 313,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. As a member of this organization, Merit Education can offer many benefits to help our students increase their self-confidence, become a better speaker, become a better leader, and communicate more effectively. 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. The University of Toronto is committed to being an internationally significant research university, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of excellent quality. U of T's future is built on two central pillars: meeting global challenges and preparing global citizens. The university supports ground-breaking research and teaching, while fostering international fluency and leadership skills among its 80,000 students. To support U of T’s mission or objective and to promote our commitment to lifelong learning, Merit Education has initiated a $2000 scholarship, awarded to students who are in the first or third year of their programs.

NO. 12 HIGH SCHOOL OF WUHAN

Studying abroad will change an individual’s life, as he or she will return to his or her home country a new person. For many years, the benefits of study abroad have been described in these words. Study abroad could greatly impact a student's life, affecting his personal, professional, and academic growth, and significantly altering one’s world-view, and self-confidence. Few other experiences in life have proven to result in such a positive and sustainable difference. As study abroad offers so many life-changing and long-lasting academic, career, intercultural, personal, and social benefits, all students should carefully consider doing so. Therefore, it is not surprising that a large number of students in China have made the decision to pursue or further their studies in Canada. In fact, students who have completed either one or two years of their high school studies in No.12 High School of Wuhan can transfer to Merit Education. Any credits earned in China are acknowledged and will then be used towards the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) Along with different opportunities for community involvement, the students will be able to acquire the required number of volunteer hours prior to high school graduation.

THE OPTIMISTIC ME TO WE CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

Me to We is a social enterprise, an innovative combination of business and change-makers, that provides better choices for a better world. A typical business measuresperformance in profit and return; however, Me to We exists to further the work of Free The Children, its charitable partner and best friend. Me to We measures the bottom line by the number of lives it changes and the positive social and environmental impact it makes. In other words, social enterprises differ from for-profit businesses that merely promote social responsibility. While these businesses often support social change through their policies of corporate social responsibility, the company’s first goal remains to make a profit. A social enterprise, on the other hand, takes social change as its primary objective, and uses its profits to reach it. Moreover, social enterprises like Me to We also differ from traditional charities, which ask for donations of money and/or time. Since these are limited resources, a social enterprise unlocks other ways to make a difference through consumer choices and actions. As approved by the Deputy Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti (2014), Merit Education students, along with a retired TDSB teacher and parent volunteers, will hold basic English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to seniors in the community. This is in response to the growing national need for literacy development   Not only is this a key issue with school students, it is also a major concern with new immigrants, particularly with immigrant seniors.