Link Community Development:- Louise Stuart, Programme Manager- Link, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh- firstname.lastname@example.org- www.lcdinternational.org- 0131 243 2685
Aims of today - Best practice in school linking• Principles of a good partnership• Outcomes of school linking• How to embed Global citizenship in your partnership?• Fundraising – the dilemma?• Summary outcomes
Link believes ‘A goodeducation gives people theskills and knowledge theyneed to reduce poverty andtackle inequality in theircommunitywherever they live...’The Link Schools Programme is ourinitiative to link schools fromEthiopia, Ghana, Malawi, SouthAfrica and Uganda with counterpartsin England, Ireland, NorthernIreland, Scotland, USA and Wales.
What do you think are the principles ofa good partnership?
Principles of school linking• team work • patience• equality • honesty• openness • sacrifice• friendship • trust• commitment • critical thinking and• respect reflection
What is school linking according to Link Scotland?• A facilitated partnership with an African school and its teachers and pupils• Access to creative resources and networking opportunities• Printed resources including a linking guide and themed Partnership Curriculum Projects, to study alongside your partner school• A Project Manager to support and guide your activities on both sides• DHL exchange dates for the delivery of materials between schools• Support to arrange international teacher and pupil visits
Outcomes of school linking1. Developing global citizens“Thanks to the link the children are far more aware of what other countries in Africa are like. They are more respectful and tolerant of different cultures and people; and relate better to current issues in the media such as Fair trade.”[Elaine Graham, Killermont Primary School]• There is evidence that UK pupils increased their knowledge and understanding about development and global issues and that having a partnership with a school in Africa made this learning real.
2. Capacity building in the North and South“Our link has created exposure to new ideas and has increased the capacity of the teachers and parents and this has resulted in remarkably improved academic performance of the school...”“We are more informed than ourcounterparts in non-link schools... wenow have an appetite for teaching thatwe did not have previously. Now otherteachers come here to learn from us asrole models.” [Teachers from IsagaraPrimary School, Uganda]
3. Embeds Global Citizenship in the curriculum“The link has given us an impetus. It’s helped us to think about what interdisciplinary activities we want to do. It supports Curriculum for Excellence and links already with what we want to see. It’s an evolutionary process.” [Helen Wright, Lockerbie Academy] “SMT’s don’t want a one-off Global Citizenship course, they want to see it filtered through the curriculum.” [Heather Ferguson, teacher ]
4. Improves quality of education“Learners have improved in both reading and writing skills”,“It has raised the level of our learners’ thinking capacity”,“It has a good impact as some of our learners can now readand write independently” [Ugandan teachers]• Promotes equal involvement• Increases levels of self-esteem in girls• Exchanging letters promotes a culture of everyonehaving equal access.
Embedding the link in your school – hints and tips• Form a linking committee/ global group facilitating a Whole School Approach – more than 1 person• Involve your school community• Carry out a baseline evaluation and GC audit• Include it in your School Improvement Plan• Develop a Partnership Agreement
Embedding the link in your school (cont.)• Link to CfE and other whole school initiatives• Introduce clustering and networking• Get support from other organisations• Carry out a Reciprocal Visit• Plan joint curricular projects
Joint curricular themed resources1. Environment – (Science, social) climate change, calculating ecological footprints.• Health – (HWB) - Diseases & illnesses, Improving health, etc.• Global education - (Social) – Education as a human right, consequences of lack of education.4. Poverty – (Social) – exploring consequences of poverty, ‘poverty trap’ , etc.5. Gender – (HWB, Social) – basic human rights and gender inequality, etc.6. Partnership working - (Social)- global debt, what is aid?, etc.www.linkschools.org/curriculumprojects
Outcomes of best practice:In summary if you have afully-functional, supportedlink it can result in …Improved CPD and capacitybuilding in Africa and Scottishschools with globalcitizenship embeddedthroughout the curriculumleading to a qualityeducation.