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BC teachers and students—Making a difference globally 

BCTF members are involved in many and varied international projects. We hope these stories about connecting internationally will inspire even more teachers and students to join in this work.

BC Teachers Making a Difference Globally: International Solidarity Workshop--Information, links and handouts

Many teachers have created projects with students that help develop global understanding. Here are stories about some of them:

Mayan families in Canada (Teacher newsmagazine, May/June 2011)

Helping change the world one drop at a time (Teacher newsmagazine, March, 2011)

Ten Days in Cuba (Teacher newsmagazine, May/June 2006)

Many students and teachers in BC work to make a difference, globally, not just at home. The Global Action Week of April 19 to 25, 2010, provided an opportunity to feature projects that are focused on the international goal of Education for All. The following five stories describe action that leads toward global understanding as well as providing concrete support for education of students in other countries.

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School Projects

Many BC teachers and students have developed international projects through global studies courses or global awareness clubs. Some of these have created websites that tell about their projects. Course outlines and lists of teaching resources are part of a number of these websites.

  • Belmont Secondary
    Outreach program, Mexico 2005 housebuilding project. Belmont students assisted in the construction of a house in Vicente Guerrero for a family in need -- a young, single Mexican woman and her three children. Their web site describes the scope of the project and how the students prepared for the trip.
  • Johnson Heights Secondary
    The students at Johnson Heights Secondary in Surrey received an anti-racism award for the Ribbon Simulation Game. Check out the description of how to play the game, including video examples of different aspects.
  • McBride Elementary Annex
    McBride Annex, an elementary school with just over 60 students, has raised over $2,000 to finish construction on Ufenkenda orphanage in Nkurenkuru, Namibia. This is a small, isolated community located in the “bush” of northern Namibia.
  • Richmond Secondary
    A tradition has developed at some Richmond secondary schools of major projects where students engage in a working visit to a project in a developing country. They learn a great deal both at home and abroad, and contribute to a project that has an ongoing impact. Richmond Secondary school projects are described on their Global Perspectives web site.
  • Stelly’s Secondary
    Stelly’s Secondary in the Saanich district has run a career preparation program to encourage students to consider work in the international development field.
  • Steveston Secondary
    Steveston Secondary has carried out projects with Casa Guatemala for nearly 20 years. You can find out about the project through student essays and photos.


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