Thames Valley schools help unite the nations
Monday, May 14, 2012 – Students from the Thames Valley District School Board will use the power of the Internet to cross international borders with thousands of students around the world – without leaving their desks.
The International Time Project is a United Nations-sponsored 24-hour learning marathon during which schools from all time zones and both hemispheres will be simultaneously online.
Currently, 40 schools in 20 different countries are signed on to participate, including Lord Elgin Public School in London, which will defend its second place showing.
“We see this as a tremendous opportunity to show our students that communication and understanding are crucial to international peace and prosperity,” says Principal Joe Sheik, a key organizer and an enthusiastic participant.
The conferences create a real “e-classroom,” says Sheik, where students around the world hold discussions, debate topics, and make presentations via video conferencing, blogging, a Model United Nations and more.
This year, students will discuss issues such as child labour, youth violence and animal experimentation, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Sheik says the project was organized in 1995 as a forum to encourage tolerance through interaction and education. Thames Valley District School Board joined in 1998.
Over the years, more than 300 schools and youth groups from 99 countries have participated in the Time Project. For more information, visit www.timeproject.org.
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