Making Distance Invisible: Burnaby and Afghanistan

Students in grade 8 have lived with Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan for their whole lives. Canadian forces have taken on different roles there from protective participation to combative duties. The last phase of Canada’s presence in Afghanistan has involved soldiers helping to train and mentor the Afghan National Army. That phase is scheduled to end…

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…

UNTCHR: Teaching for Peace and Human Rights International Conference

How often can you converse with people in five countries all at the same time and see them as well?  In the Burnaby School District, it does happen fairly often!! Even then, cultural intercommunication is powerful and important and is needed to remind all of us how critical it is to approach subjects from a…

Ghana is a Modern African Nation

February is Black History Month. Byrne Creek is an amazing highly multicultural secondary school. Put the two together and you have a perfect opportunity for a successful videoconference with Ghana, Africa. Thanks to the long-term and herculean efforts of teachers Amelia Pederson and Judy McLeod, students from African countries have a means to express their…