Queenswood School in Morley has been chosen to take part in a new scheme that will see the school linked with ones in Ghana and Kenya in a bid to boost global education.
Connecting Classrooms, an inititive supported by the Education Council and central government, has twinned the Morley school with are The Bridge School in Ghana and Barut Primary School in Kenya, with hopes to send one of the school’s teachers on a £1,500 paid trip to the partner school’s to teach the students in person.
Teachers from both countries will also be expected to meet up for workshop meetings to plan activities for the students and train each other on international teaching methods. Queenswood deputy headteacher Helen Jozefek-Ruhkala believes that although they won’t be leaving the country, the scheme will strongly benefit her pupils.
“By taking part in this project the cooperation and collaboration between partner schools will provide all participants with opportunities to explore our diverse and rich cultures,” she said.
“The new and creative approaches which our school partnership will offer bring an added value to traditional learning and teaching.
“Furthermore, by broadening our pupils’ and staff’s experience of different cultures, cultural stereotypes will be quashed.”
The connecting classrooms scheme hopes to connect 5,364 schools internationally, with hopes to train 15,000 teachers and eventually 31,000 schools online. Approximately £43 million is going to be spent on the scheme over the next three years; £25.9 million from the British Council and £17 million from central government.
All involved with the project believe this is a necessary price to pay in order to develop international education.
Ms Rose Sekoh, coordinator from the Bridge School in Ghana, said “This is a marvellous opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships and provides all of us with a means of overcoming the barriers which may prevent a child from succeeding.”
The Bridge School is located in Teshie, Ghana, whilst Barut Primary school is located in Nakuru, Kenya. Bridge has 70 pupils in a city with 190,000 residents, whereas the overpopulation in the economically underdeveloped Barut area has led to 645 students and only 15 teachers.
Both schools target single mothers and low income families for places.
For more information on the Connecting Classrooms scheme, visit schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/programmes-and-funding/linking-programmes-worldwide/connecting-classrooms