" Think globally... Act locally "


Translated by Anaïs Michaud

In response to the challenges that humankind must face for future generations, the members of the Club for UNESCO of La Rochelle wish to promote intercultural exchanges and devote itself to intercultural education with the learning of “living better together”, by favoring eco-citizen and solidarity actions, for sustainable development, social cohesion at local and international level, with those who share the same values and ideals written in the Constitution of UNESCO.

Message of UNESCO

Le Message de l'UNESCO.mov

"Since wars begin in the minds of men...It is in the minds of men that defences of peace must be constructed."

For a better cohesion aiming to the learning of knowledge, the Club for UNESCO of La Rochelle is based on intercultural education. In order to create a coherent dynamic and a heterogeneous unity, the Club rests on solidarity and tolerant values.


"Intercultural education is a Learning that is based on a strong and simple principle:

The Other is both similiar and different from me."

Martine Abdallah Pretceille

La démarche du Club pour l'UNESCO de La Rochelle

ira sans cesse

vers l'ouverture sur les autres,

le partenariat, le mixage des compétences

et l'utilisation des complémentarités pour créer.

The objectives of the Club for UNESCO of La Rochelle :

  • Answer to the growing needs of any person regarding action and training (science, art, sport, culture, travel)
  • Provide spaces for dialogue and creation (newspaper, exhibitions, colloquium, travels)
  • Contribute to the use of: Technology of information and Communication
  • Develop actions within the city and its districts with partners sharing common values.

" Each learning process is a journey and a melting pot"

Michel Serres, le Tiers Instruit, 1991, Paris

Native American Legend: Hummingbird

One day, a long time ago and in a faraway place, or so the legend goes, there was a huge forest fire that was raging the countryside.

All the animals were terrified, running around in circles, screaming, crying and helplessly watching the impending disaster.

But there in the middle of the flames, above the cowering animals, was a tiny hummingbird busy flying from a small pond to the fire, each time fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the flames. And then again. And then again.

After a while, an old grouchy armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous useless agitation on the part of the hummingbird, cried out:

« Tiny bird! Don’t be a fool. It is not with those miniscule drops of water one after the other that you are going to put out the fire and save us all! »


To which the hummingbird replied:

« Could be, but I'm going to do my bit. »