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ISA 2015

A synopsis of International Schools Association's History, Philosophy, Mission, Present and Future objectives.

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ISA 2015

  1. 1. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS Building for the future
  2. 2. International Schools Association Education is the best instrument to build a better world. Living in peace is achieved by working together and celebrating our cultural diversity and similarity.
  3. 3. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS Welcome to the International Schools Association. My name is Luis Martinez and as the Chairman of ISA, it is a great honour for me to welcome you to our organization. Holding a consultative status in the UNESCO, ISA works to promote international and intercultural understanding. ISA for me is the perfect vessel to communicate the values of peace, freedom, equality, tolerance and also to celebrate the diversity and similarity of the different countries around the world. As a network made up of over fifty international schools on four continents, we encourage the teachers and the students to investigate, understand and also promote these values and the perspective of Internationalism as a real way to build a better world. I have dedicated a large part of my life to teaching in international institutions and this experience allows me to share the importance of internationalism and international education. If you feel the same way as we do, I invite you to learn more about ISA and I encourage you to become a member of our association. Thank you for your time and I hope soon to welcome you as a new member of the International Schools Association. 3
  4. 4. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS ISA History p. 5 ISA Philosophy p. 6 Education for Peace p. 7 Education for Sustainability p. 8 ISA Oral English Exam p. 9 ISA Social Networks & Technology p. 10 ISA YLE & Annual Conference p. 11 ISA Self-Study Guide p. 12 ISA Board Structure p. 13 ISA International Humanism Award p. 14 4
  5. 5. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS UNESCO’s first education seminar, in 1947, was on the theme of education for international understanding. In 1948, UNESCO published a radical pamphlet, written by Marie-Therese Maurette, the then Director of the International School of Geneva, who in promoting the need for “International-mindedness”, posited that this was a concept which needed to be “taught rather than caught”. Amongherproposalswere:moreprominenceinatlasesto“theworld” as a “concept” rather than over focusing on individual countries; a new “World History” course; insistence on pupils learning a second language and participation in some form of community service. By 1951 a small group of headteachers volunteered to form the Conference of Internationally Minded Schools. In the same year, with UNESCO backing together with the support of staff, parents and governors of the International School of Geneva and the United Nations International School in New York, the International Schools Association (ISA) was founded. ISA was the very first educational,nongovernmental organization (NGO) to have, and to continue to have, consultative status at UNESCO. ISA became one of the earliest examples of supranational educative bodies operating on the stage of global education. By the early 1960’s there were some 50 self-declared international schools, more than half of which were ISA members. “The history of mankind is the history of ideas” Ludwig Von Mises “More prominence in atlases to “the world” as a “concept” rather than over focusing on individual countries” Marie-Therese Maurette ISA History “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela 5
  6. 6. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next” Abraham Lincoln ISA works to promote international and intercultural understanding. In so doing the Association espouses a number of values – peace, freedom, equality, tolerance and the celebration of both diversity and similarity – which express for the Association the essential meaning and purpose of multiculturalism and international mindedness. ISA believes that young people should face the challenges arising from the acceptance of these values and is supportive of all organizations which share its conviction about internationalism, international mindedness and international education in all its forms and wherever it may be found. ISA objectives are the following: • To further world peace and international understanding through education. • To encourage the creation of new international schools. • To encourage co-operation among international or internationally-minded schools through consultation on teaching and administrative questions. • To facilitate or undertake the study of educational problems of interest to such schools. • To nurture interest in national schools of international matters as a means of improving international understanding. • To publicize the aims and principles of international schools and promote international understanding among national schools. ISA Philosophy 6
  7. 7. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS ISA has members from all over the world, and it’s school network is very diverse but at the same time very alike. They have schools on four continents, the celebration of both diversity and similarity is what expresses ISA’a essential meaning and purpose of mulitculturalism and international mindedness. ISA is an advocate and promoter of Education for Peace, which is a conceptual framework from which schools may devise a program comprising the transmission of universal values and enduring attitudes, and the development of skills which will enable ISA students to become active global citizens. The UN and its agencies have adopted clear statements concerning human rights and responsibilities which recognize peace as an essential human construct. Education as the principal vehicle which will develop and inculcate school age children with the habit of peace. Thefollowingguidingprincipleshavebeentakenfromthecovenants and agreements produced by the international community over the last 50 years. They are central to the education for peace program: Dignity - Equality - Liberty - Justice - Responsibility Security - Solidarity - Democracy Schools are encouraged to explore and analyze these principles within their communities so that they are accepted as the foundation for building a culture of peace. “If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better” Lyndon B Johnson Education for Peace 7
  8. 8. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children” Kofi Annan ISA also promotes and supports Education For Sustainability, because it allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. For this reason it is necessary to include key sustainable developmentissuesintoteachingandlearning;forexample,climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. ISA’s Education for Sustainability Curricula Framework for K-12 guides the teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practiced today. UNESCO is the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). “The day will come when nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendor of their capital cities and public buildings, but by the well-being of their peoples: by their levels of health, nutrition and education; by their opportunities to earn a fair reward for their labours; by their ability to participate in the decisions that affect their lives; by the respect that is shown for their civil and political liberties; by the provision that is made for those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged; and by the protection that is afforded to the growing minds and bodies of their children” (UNICEF Progress of Nations 1998) Education for Sustainability 8
  9. 9. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going” Rita Mae Brown ISA members during the summer of 1994, and Jacqueline McLellan of Calgary, Canada, discussed the possibility of creating a new set of oral English examinations. These examinations would emphasize expressive and fluent communication in English and not simply the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary. The exams were used for the first time in Argentina in October 1994 and in Uruguay in 2004. The first examiners were Jacqueline McLellan and Ruth Toner Murdoch. Grant Paterson joined the Examining Board in 2002 and helped further to develop and to refine the syllabus. Philosophy Theseexaminationsaregearedtodevelopingoralcommunicationin English. Through the narration of literature, through relating their own experiences, through learning how to organize more formal presentations, as well as learning ease of impromptu speaking, candidates will gain many valuable skills. Candidates will build self-confidence and learn fluency, effective delivery techniques, and artistic expression of ideas. Personality, confidence, correct pronunciation, and vocal technique will be strengthened through this experience. ISA provides an examination syllabus and a consultant that guides schools in the correct use of the ISO exam. ISA Oral English Exam 9
  10. 10. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission to make the world more open and connected” Mark Zuckerberg ISA believes strongly in today’s technologies. Its website, newsletters and social networks are an important part of its association. The ability to communicate to all their members and to learn about all their achievements in real time makes ISA an even stronger network. ISA has over 50 school members on four continents and the possibility to interact with one another is cultivating and enriching. The rapid evolution of technology is a motivation for ISA because it has a positive impact on the expansion of its international network and broadening the importance of international understanding. ISA Social Networks & Technology 10
  11. 11. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “The good about learning is that no one can take it away from you” B.B.King ISA and its school members share the same values and have the same dedication towards international education. Every year ISA celebrates a Youth Leadership Encounter where students and teachers from their member schools participate in educational and cultural events. ISA has been the pioneer an a principal advocate of these encounters. All member schools that have participated share rewarding memories. These encounters lead to the creation of knowledge, tolerance, understanding, and last but not least, long-lasting friendships among all participants. The possibility to unite students from different countries and cultures is a positive and enriching experience that students and educators cherish forever. Each year a different school member sponsors the event. ISA also celebrates during these encounters its Annual Conference which is aimed at educators and students. The conference is always focused on International Education and how it is affected by different global matters that encompass a wide range of topics. The goal of the conference is so that everyone has a better international understanding of life. The Conference is lead by ISA and guest speakers each one an expert in its field. ISA Youth Leadership Encounters have taken place in many countries here are just a few examples of them. ISA Youth Leadership Encounter & Annual Conference India International School “Global Issues” SEK Costa Rica “Earth Focus” Cempaka School Malaysia “Youth Encounter Expedition” 11
  12. 12. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.” Kofi Annan ISA accepts, adheres to and wishes to promote the principles and values expressed in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A(111) of the 10th of December 1948. For this reason, the Association developed the Self-Study Guide to help schools define their understanding of the term “international” in education. ISA expects that each school which undertakes this Self-Study Guide will in the same spirit accept these principles and values and that they will form the underlying basis of its definition of internationalism. The Guide offers no preconceived definitions or interpretations of internationalism or international-mindedness. One fundamental aspect of the Guide is that it allows a school to speak to and for itself. Each school may assume genuine ownership of the Guide, of how it is put into practice and of how to respond to its outcomes. All schools that would like to become members must apply by filling out and application that can be found on our website: www.isaschools.org. After the application has been studied a ISA representative will get in contact with the school and review the school’s application. The Association will act as a consultant and advise the potential member throughout the selection process. ISA Self-Study Guide 12
  13. 13. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality” Abraham Lincoln The ISA Board is made up of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and 9 other Members. The mission of the ISA Board is to successfully lead the growth and continuance of the association by respecting its By-Laws and Statutes. The Board Members are a group of dedicated individuals that work as one so that all members of ISA receive the best service. Every year a Board Meeting is celebrated so that all members can assist and discuss the matters and concerns of the association. ISA members are not only institutions but they are the students and teachers that make it possible for these schools to succeed. The ISA Board is committed to encourage members and potential members in ISA’s mission for world peace and international understanding through international education. ISA Honorary Members Ms. Ruth Bonner Dr. Esther Lucas Mr. John Goodban Mr. Gerard Renaud Organization, ISA Board Structure & Honorary Members 13
  14. 14. International Schools Association*UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS “The mind is like a parachute it works best when it is open” 14th Dalai Lama ISA’s International Humanism Award is a philosophy, a state of being, a way of living which consists in a set of universal human values that only active dialogue and shared experience can uncover. This philosophy has to do with respect for diversity, that is to say, respect for other ethnic groups, other cultures and languages. It has to do with tolerance and openness to others. The acceptance of others, whose national culture is different from one’s own, is acquired through International Understanding. This leads one to be open to compromise, to fight against prejudice, racism, isolationism, etc… International Humanism aims at bringing together different cultures by respecting what makes them different and accentuating what they have in common, their universal human values. International Humanism leads to peace and harmony (written by L.E. Timmermans Ex-Board Member of ISA) A list of International Humanism Awards recipients can be found on the website www.isaschools.org/awards ISA International Humanism Award 14
  15. 15. International Schools Association *UNESCO CONSULTATIVE STATUS Main Office 18, Av Louis-Casaï 1209 Genèva SWITZERLAND info@isaschools.org Luis Martinez-Zorzo ISA Chairman luis.martinezzorzo@gmail.com Mariely Cuevas Zamora Executive Assistant mariely.cuevas@isaschools.org US Office Lisa Venegas Executive Administrator Boca Prep International School 10333 Diego Drive South Boca Raton, FL 33428 USA Phone: +1-561-883-3854 Fax: +1-561-483-2004 lisa.venegas@isaschools.org © 2015 ISA All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. International Schools Association www.isaschools.org
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