That day in Angola: a UN official’s story

When was the last time you heard a news story about Angola, Africa? Never? Angola is often lumped into conversations about Africa, represented in the statistics about HIV/Aids, education and literacy, and conflict. This is about to change for a group of Burnaby secondary school students. District students will learn about Angola by examining a…

Welcome Director Kelley of the UNHCR: Syrian Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) Director Ninette Kelley has graciously agreed to speak with Burnaby students via videoconference on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 in the second session of the Global Experts Speaker Series being held at Alpha Secondary School. The session will be in a traditional United Nations “Press Debrief” format, with…

Global Expert Speaker Series at Alpha Secondary

The Global Experts Speaker Series at Alpha Secondary has been organized to celebrate UN70 and bring in experts to share and discuss the same global issues that the UN is dealing with. Students will participate in four sessions each concerned with a different element of our world, each with a real-world speaker with expertise in…

Remembering When South Africa Touched the World…in Burnaby

It wasn’t really that long ago that news projected images of the new South African President Nelson Mandela, winner of an election which would see him as the first black head of state in South African history. A little reading will uncover a fascinating chronology for those who were born in that year of 1994….

Bridging the World with Burnaby Students

When students arrive at school at 6am, you know something is up. In this case, these students were up for a big challenge, along with students from 5 other countries all from different time zones. Together about 100 students engaged virtually in the United Nations Student Conference on Leadership Development (UNSCLD). The final outcome was…

Burnaby South Students Ponder Iraqi Issues

Iraq in the 70’s was actually the United States’ (and Canada’s) friend, in addition to having a highly cultural and educated populace. How did we fast forward to a situation where Iraq has become the arch enemy of the United States, and one of the poorer nations in the world? Grade 11 students pondered these…

Former UN Official Visits Burnaby Schools

On September 27th, Mr. George Somerwill will share his insights into the workings of the United Nations with students from all of the Burnaby secondary schools who attend the United Nations Connections club. The event will begin at 4pm in the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Secondary School. Mr. Somerwill is a former UN…