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UNESCO and global learning

Language acquisition and a deep understanding
of our diverse world go hand in hand. 

To foster learning for the 21st century, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, developed a global program for schools interested in being ambassadors for global understanding.

As the only independent school in Calgary to be named a UNESCO Associated School, we take on the responsibility of fostering a global perspective within our students and within our community at large.

Opportunities for international exposure at the Calgary French & International School abound and are included in our curricula through participation in UNESCO’s holistic, integrated approach to learning through their four pillars described in the Treasure Within: Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. 

UNESCO's four pillars of learning are 
seamlessly integrated into our curriculum

Learning to know, by combining a sufficiently broad general knowledge with the opportunity to work in depth on a small number of subjects. This also means learning to learn, so as to benefit from the opportunities education provides throughout life. 

Learning to do, in order to acquire not only an occupational skill but also, more broadly, the competence to deal with many situations and work in teams. It also means learning to do in the context of young peoples’ various social and work experiences which may be informal, as a result of the local or national context, or formal, involving courses, alternating study and work. 

Learning to live together, by developing an understanding of other people and an appreciation of interdependence - carrying out joint projects and learning to manage conflicts - in a spirit of respect for the values of pluralism, mutual understanding and peace. 

Learning to be, so as better to develop one’s personality and be able to act with ever-greater autonomy, judgment and personal responsibility. In that connection, education must not disregard any aspect of a person’s potential: memory, reasoning, aesthetic sense, physical capacities and communication skills. 

In addition to the integration of these values into our everyday approach, each year, students in all divisions undertake a major project with an international theme, focused on an area of their interest. Each grade level team presents their projects to hundreds of students, parents and faculty during one of our UNESCO showcases.