Elm Creek School’s Grade 7 – 12 UNESCO Committee
WHO: This committee is open to all grade 7 – 12 students who wish to participate. The teacher leaders are Ms. Cook, Mrs. de Vries, and Mr. Yaworsky.
*As well, for many of our events and campaigns, we collaborate with the K-6 UNESCO members. The early years UNESCO group is led by Mrs. Martens.
WHAT: We strive to make the world a better place through actions and activities, such as fundraisers, awareness campaigns, and social justice projects. As well, we offer members opportunities to attend field trips and special events to learn more about our world.
WHEN: We meet every second Thursday at 12:25 (opposite weeks to student council meetings).
WHERE: Meetings take place in the science lab unless otherwise specified.
WHY: To promote a culture of peace in our local and global community!
“The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build peace in the minds of children and young people. The 10,000 ASPnet member schools in over 180 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.”
“In Canada, the Associated Schools Network has 70 schools in seven provinces. Canadian schools that join the UNESCO Associated Schools Network make a commitment to support UNESCO’s ideals through four pillars of learning and four themes of study.”
“Elm Creek is one of over 25 UNESCO ASPnet schools in Manitoba that meet throughout the school year to connect and share ideas and projects that promote a culture of peace, positive global citizenship and social justice.”
Pillars of Learning Themes of Study
- Learning to live together – Intercultural learning
- Learning to be – Peace and human rights
- Learning to do – Education for sustainable development
- Learning to know – ASPnet and UN priorities
The Elementary UNESCO Committee is led by student members in Grade 4-6. They plan some of their own social justice events and causes that they would like to support. In the past they have planned a craft sale, take action events and field trips to support local causes such as the Carman & Area Christmas Cheer Board. They have also assisted the Grade 7-12 UNESCO Committee by making posters to promote events, etc. The younger students in Kindergarten-Grade Two are invited to join us when we are doing hands on activities such as packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.
The Elementary UNESCO Committee is led by Mrs. Martens.
ELM CREEK SCHOOL ACHIEVES OFFICIAL UNESCO MEMBERSHIP
On Thursday, March 12th, Elm Creek School recognized their official “MEMBER” status as part of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) with a special school celebration!
The school is now officially part of an international network of more than 11,000 member schools in 182 countries, whose mandate is to work together on international understanding, intercultural awareness, sustainable development, quality educational practices, and peace and human rights.
The UNESCO “Membership Celebration”, held in the school’s gym, included:
- The unveiling of Elm Creek School’s official membership certificate from the UNESCO ASPnet headquarters in Paris, France.
- Sharing of a special video highlighting UNESCO projects and activities at Elm Creek School. UNESCO Council members, Kaley D and Olivia H., created the video.
- The unveiling of our new UNESCO member school sign, soon to be displayed at the outside entrance of the school.
- Sharing of the school’s new UNESCO member flag.
- Special welcome videos by UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) officials: Mrs. Linda Connor (Provincial Coordinator) and Mrs. Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson (National Coordinator).
- Highlights about a couple of recent projects.
- A celebratory cake for all students, staff and guests to enjoy.
A special “thank you” to all of our UNESCO COUNCIL members, along with our student body and school staff, for their efforts in striving to “make the world a better place”! These students are guided and supported by our dedicated UNESCO Lead Teachers: Ms Ashley Cook, Mrs. Crystal Martens, Mrs. Jackie de Vries and Mrs. Suzanne Godard.