Trafalgar Elementary School recently held a UNESCO soiree for its learning community. Trafalgar is a candidate member in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), a global network of over 9,000 schools that focus on the UNESCO areas of study. These include United Nations priorities, sustainability education, peace and human rights and intercultural learning.
The soiree showcased work in French and English that had been completed by students. Some of the projects showed models of ideal communities and discussions of what students value in their community. There were research and models of landfills, presentations on the impact of litter on our local environment, artwork using found natural materials, research and artwork representing ocean pollution and the importance of protecting waterways and research about and inventions of solutions to climate change.
Some of the audio-visual projects included a film on the Salmon Enhancement Project, digital books on children's rights and sweatshops, and presentations and TED-style talks on environmental issues. There was also a showcase of the work done in the school garden, learning how to grow plants and create food with produce from the garden.
â€œWe are so proud of all of the meaningful and excellent work that our students have done,â€ says principal Jacqueline Lavoie. â€œThe soiree was a lovely opportunity to celebrate them and consider some of the most pressing issues of our time.â€