Thursday, May 31, 2018
Milwaukee Public Schools students are learning about other countries, cultures, and international relationships through the United Nations Schools of International Learning program (UNSIL). All year long, students in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades learned about the United Nations and its member countries. They completed research projects on geography, culture, and current challenges facing the global community; produced position papers articulating possible solutions; and created public service announcements on the United Nations’ humanitarian work. This year’s program culminated with the second annual UNSIL World Fair on April 10.
During this event, students from each UNSIL school presented their research projects to peers, family members, and VIP guests. The event included performances from multicultural student groups; this year’s event featured Hmong dancers, Latin American dance performances, and an international fashion show. Guests included members from the United Nations Association, the local United Nations chapter, Rotary Club, Milwaukee Public Schools, and other local dignitaries.
The UNSIL curriculum is currently implemented at thirteen Milwaukee Public Schools: Academy of Accelerated Learning, Bethune Academy, Burbank School, Garland School, Humboldt Park School, Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Parkview School, Marvin E. Pratt School, Story School, Gilbert Stuart School, Victory Italian Immersion School, U.S. Grant School, and Zablocki School. This unique programming is made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Annette J. Roberts & Joan R. Robertson Fund for World Peace, World Law, and Peace Education in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.