An overview of the goal, objectives, and approach of Canada Upclose & Personal project.
The Canada UpClose and Personal project is designed by the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) to raise awareness among secondary school students about three key anniversaries in Canada’s historical evolution as a nation: End of the Second World War (WW11); the 70th anniversary of the founding of United Nations (UN); and the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage – marking the granting of voting rights to women in Canada in 1916. The project is implemented in three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Four cities are targeted: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.
The project engages and empowers students in secondary grades, to conduct research and participate in experiential learning and empathy-based activities, and encouraging them to acquire knowledge and appreciation of Canada’s role and contribution to these key celebrated anniversaries. In addition, the programme outlines the link between international issues and Canadian local realities, while showing students the important role Canada plays in the UN; and the UN’s relevance to Canadian society. The project offers a fun and interactive learning approach intended to promote critical thinking among students as they discover and show appreciation for the historical evolution and resilience of their country.
UNA-Canada plans to develop a Teacher’s Package to facilitate the implementation of the project in a classroom setting, and prepare students for simulating and enacting the key anniversaries of Canada UpClose and Personal. The objectives of this Package are to:
- Heighten youth awareness of the historical evolution of Canada through the lens of key anniversaries and significant outcomes of Canada’s development as a nation at home and on the global stage;
- Connect provincial and territorial curricular expected learning outcomes to project activities, aligning with curricular strands as a way of encouraging teachers’ buy-in and commitment to the project;
- Increase youth interaction and knowledge-sharing between regions and among provinces, through empathy-based learning;
- Instill a sense of belonging and a celebration of their Canadian identity through experiential and fun learning.