Brique à Brac

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This Learning Collection is based on Brique à brac, part of the In the Countries of the Francophonie Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit. It was the result of a desire to create a web site based on exhibitions mounted by 16- to 17-year-old students from the Villa Ste Marcelline School and College in the City in Montreal, Quebec. This "family" of students includes close to 50 ethnic groups. The Marcellines are members of an international order with schools in Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Brazil and Mexico. As part of the "Students Without Borders" project, the students who helped to create this site planned a trip to Africa next year. They suggested that three teams should explore three themes: African masks, dolls and tags. Each project included the very youngest pupils: African masks inspired 4- to 5-year olds to create paper masks, dolls were loaned by 9-year-old pupils and graffiti (or tags) were created by 16-year-old students. In addition, the smallest grade-one pupils at Félix Leclerc School contributed drawings of toys. Objects made from calabashes were provided by a group of 10-year-old Senegalese students. This is the way to have the world at your fingertips!

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