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A joint initiative of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network and Rotary International. Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace. Ira Udow, Rotary International District 5550 WPP, August 21, 2013. UNESCO Associated Schools Network. UNESCO History.

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Reaching across our borders for world peace

A joint initiative of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network and Rotary International.

Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Ira Udow, Rotary International District 5550 WPP, August 21, 2013


Unesco associated schools network

UNESCO Associated Schools Network


Unesco history

UNESCO History

  • Created in 1946 following World War II;

  • Meant to embody a genuine culture of peace and prevent another world war;

  • Canada was one of first 20 countries to ratify and sign the UN Constitution

Overarching Goal:

“To build peace in the minds of men.”


Un constitution 1945

UN Constitution 1945

“Since wars begin

in the minds of men,

it is in the minds of men

that the defenses of peace

must be constructed.”


Unesco vision

UNESCO Vision

“To promote collaboration among the nations through education, science, and culture, and to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law, and for human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion.”


Unesco associated schools project network

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network

The network provides a forum for the promotion of UNESCO ideals of

Global Citizenship, Social Justice, Student Leadership Democracy, Human Rights, Solidarity, and Mutual Understanding.


Canadian aspnet is launched in manitoba january 2002

Canadian ASPnet is Launched in Manitoba, January 2002

"The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is pleased the Province of Manitoba has taken the initiative and launched the first network of Associated Schools in Canada,” (David Walden CCU Secretary General)

"UNESCO has played an important role on the global stage for many years. By becoming involved in this program, Manitoba youth will have an excellent opportunity to develop a global perspective and enhance their understanding of world issues.” (Drew Caldwell, Minister of Education)


Unesco international national and local network

UNESCO InternationalNational and Local Network

  • Director General – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

  • Secretary General – MyriamMontrat, Canadian Commission, Ottawa

  • National Coordinator - Marie-Christine Lecompte, Canadian Commission, Ottawa

  • National Steering Committee – Robert Mazzota, Alberta

  • Canadian Sectoral Commission on Education– Gareth Neufeld, Manitoba

  • Provincial Coordinator – Linda Mlodzinski, Social Studies Consultant, Manitoba Education

  • Provincial Chair – Ira Udow, Manitoba


Manitoba unesco associated schools

Manitoba UNESCO Associated Schools

  • NijiMahkwa Aboriginal School

  • Onanole Elementary School

  • River East Collegiate

  • Stevenson-Britannia Adult Literacy Program, Inc.

  • St. Emile Catholic School

  • St. James Collegiate

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate

  • University of Winnipeg Collegiate

  • University of Winnipeg Faculty of Education

  • West St Paul School

  • Al Hijra Islamic School

  • Beausejour Early Years School

  • Brock Corydon English/Hebrew Bilingual School

  • Collège Jeanne Sauvé

  • CollègeLouis Riel

  • Collège Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau

  • Ecole Churchill High School

  • Ecole Laura Secord School

  • Ecole Golden Gate School

  • John Pritchard School

  • Munroe Junior High


Unesco aspnet expectations

UNESCO ASPnet Expectations

Schools that join the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network make a commitment to support the ideals of UNESCO through four pillars of learning and four themes of study, in order to contribute to a local, national and global culture of peace.


Unesco pillars of learning

UNESCO Pillars of Learning

The UNESCO International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century advocated the strengthening of four main pillars of learning:

  • Learning to Know - Acquire knowledge and understanding, and think critically about our complex and changing world.

  • Learning to Do - Learn to participate effectively in local, national, and global communities.

  • Learning to Be – Build self-knowledge and be conscious of connections to nature and society.

  • Learning to Live Together - Learn to live peacefully with others and to care for our common homeland.


Unesco study themes

UNESCO Study Themes

UNESCO Schools are committed to developing curricular projects related to these study themes:

  • Associated Schools Network and UN Priorities

  • Education for Sustainable Development

  • Peace and Human Rights

  • Intercultural Learning


Student learning

Student Learning

Often learning is interpreted as the gaining of knowledge, values and theories but active and participatory learning also encourages learners to:

  • Ask critical questions;

  • Clarify one’s own values;

  • Envision more positive and sustainable futures;

  • Think systemically;

  • Respond through applied learning;

  • Explore the dialectic between tradition and innovation.


Cultural diversity project a partnership of unesco schools

Cultural Diversity ProjectA Partnership of UNESCO Schools

One initiative that has been running for the last 7 years involves these five Winnipeg UNESCO Schools:

Al Hijra Islamic School

St Emile Catholic School

John Pritchard Public School

NijiMahkwa Aboriginal School

Brock Corydon English/Hebrew Bilingual School


Cultural diversity project

Cultural Diversity Project

Grade 5 students from the five schools participate:

September – May: Integration of cultural diversity in curricular activities

June: Cultural Diversity Workshop with Grade 11 and 12 Peer Leaders

Grade 6 students from the five schools participate

September – May: Integration of cultural diversity in curricular activities

November: Pipe Ceremony at NijiMahkwa School

December: Field trip to Houses of Worship – Church, Mosque, Synagogue


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

This is a new initiative of the

UNESCO Associated Schools Network with the support of

Rotary International.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Mission:

To extend and strengthen our mandate to support global peace by forging new friendships between UNESCO Associated Schools Networks of Canada and the USA with the support of the respective Rotary International Clubs and Districts beginning with Winnipeg, Manitoba and Cleves, Ohio.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Significant people:

David Newman, Q.C., Counsel, Co-Chair Rotary WPP.

Estelle Lamoureux, Rotarian, International UNESCO ASPnet Conference Past Chair.

Mr. Bill Ratliff and Mr. Will Ratliff, Rotarians, USA, $25,000 US donation for a three year pilot project.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Year 1- Expected Outcomes:

Students will have an increased awareness of the school culture of all participating schools and will have started establishing peer relationships.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Year 1 Strategies

  • Schools will have established school based committees which would include school administrators, lead teachers, students and (if possible) a local Rotarian.

  • Schools will have developed a plan to increase school awareness of the program, exchange of school cultural information and opportunities for developing peer relationships through social media.

  • School team members will be provided with release time and use virtual reality to communicate and plan.

  • Schools will move forward with one initiative to celebrate their newfound friendships.

  • A common student led plan will have been developed for the 2014‐2015 school year.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Year 2 - Expected Outcomes:

  • Students will have developed and implemented joint project initiatives within their schools based on the UNESCO’s themes.

    Strategies:

  • Each school will have a committee led by students and facilitated by a lead teacher.

  • Each school committee will submit plans for three activities that focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a Sustainable Future for All.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

Year 3 Expected Outcomes:

  • A common plan will be developed to support professional development for teachers in education for a sustainable future practices based on embedding the UNESCO themes and pillars within their classroom programs.

    Strategies:

  • Lead teachers will select professional development topics on the themes and pillars of UNESCO.

  • Teachers will visit their partner school during the school yearand engage in professional dialogue and planning.


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Reaching Across Our Borders for World Peace

This project has potential over time to spread worldwide after initial experience between USA and Canadian schools.


The earth charter

The Earth Charter

Let ours be a time rememberedFor the awakening of a new reverence for lifeThe firm resolve to achieve sustainabilityThe quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life”*

(*Closing lines of the Earth Charter)


Reaching across our borders for world peace

This is the promise

of the Earth Charter:

By declaring

what we must care about ...

By describing

what we must do ...

By inspiring

as many people as possible…


Reaching across our borders for world peace

More and more people

will care ...

More and more people

will take action ...

More and more people

will inspire

more and more people ...


To work for the wellbeing of all of us and our common home

... to work for the wellbeing of all of us and our common home:


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