"[Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage: Anger sees problems with the way things are, and Courage works to change them.]"
Quoted in Ken Loach's short documentary about the Chilean coup of 1973, this quotation has become a central expression of the mission of the ConneXions program.
"There is no road to peace; peace is the road"
This quotation is used in the first day of the program, and it captures the idea of the global Citizenship Quiz, below.
Global Citizen Quiz
1. Someone who understands the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and has the desire and ability to work actively to do so?
2. Someone who values the earth as precious and unique and advocates for its sustainability and protection?
3. Someone who respects human diversity and human commonalities?
4. Someone who has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally?
5. Someone who participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global.
Are you a global citizen yet? Are you on your journey to becoming one?
Read about someone's global citizenship journey under the 'character education' menu bar above.
What is ConneXions ?
Spelled with a combination of English and Spanish, and with a capital X to symbolize a meeting point of different perspectives, the name of this program captures an idea expressed by author Isabel Allende: "When I think about peace, I think it starts with connection. When we connect with the other, things really start to happen."
ConneXions is an interdisciplinary high school program in which senior students are challenged to see Global citizenship as an endless journey for social justice, a journey nourished by real connection with our planet and all its peoples. These real connections start with the family and team-like atmosphere that is created in the ConneXions classroom.
The in-class learning features grade 12 credits, at the university or college levels, in World Geography, English and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on urban issues. (Check out the profile for each course on the menu bar above and the general program outline below.)
The experiential learning involves eight trips that complement the in-class curriculum: