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Ecolint History

Ecolint has a rich and colourful history: from the early visionaries that saw a need for a new kind of education, through the traumatic wartime period, the financial ups and (mostly!) downs, the difficult birth of a new, enlarged foundation, and onwards to shaping a modern institution that serves the needs of Geneva's international population in the information age.


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Whether you want to learn more about the history of the International School of Geneva or to reexamine episodes you lived through yourself the first time around, the books below provide three differing perspectives on the Ecolint story.

ECOLINT - a history of the International School of Geneva
Othman Hamayed and Conan de Wilde

Published in 2014 and available in both English and French versions, this is a lively run through the Ecolint story right from its very beginnings. It introduces some of the key characters that made the school what it is today and doesn't shy away from describing some of the more controversial periods. It does an excellent job of setting the development of the school in the wider contexts of local and global politics, as well as pedagogical and social trends.

It was written by Othman Hamayed, a former teacher and Director of Education, and Conan de Wilde, an alumnus and current teacher.

>> Buy it online from the Ecolint Boutique

Marie-Thérèse MAURETTE: Pioneer of International Education
George Walker

Former Ecolint Director General George Walker wrote this biography of Marie-Thérèse Maurette, one of the most enigmatic figures in the development of international education. She led Ecolint from 1929 to 1949, and was arguably the most important figure in the emergence a unique educational institution, one that is inextricably linked to the world as a whole.

The book combines extensive historical research with academic expertise to provide an honest perspective and a realistic portrayal of a very remarkable individual.

>> Buy it online from the Ecolint Boutique
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ECOLE INTERNATIONALE DE GENÈVE: son premier demi-siècle
Multiple authors

Known as "the red book", this book was published in 1974 on the occasion of the school's 50th anniversary. Switching regularly from French to English and drawing on a diversity of source texts, it's a potpourri of reflections, reports, vignettes and visions that paints a very detailed picture of the birth and maturing of Ecolint.

It's a little difficult to navigate at times - those unfamiliar with the school's history might want to try the 2014 history first - but it's rich with colour and character and is an essential document for anyone interested in fully understanding how Ecolint came to be the school it is today.

>> A limited number of copies of the red book remain. If you would like to obtain one please contact
Ecolint - The Red Book 

Historical Gallery

The gallery below, created to mark our Foundation's 90th anniversary, is a collaboration between the Foundation archivist Alejandro Rodriguez-Giovo and the Campus des Nations Secondary Technology for Learning Coordinator Richard Allaway.

Click here to access the full-screen gallery.


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