'Connecting Classrooms prepares children to take their place in the 21st century,' says Karen Noble, Head Teacher, Juniper Green Primary School.
Understanding how another country’s education system works makes you better equipped to teach global issues. Watch our short film to see how UK and Nigerian teachers learn from their Connecting Classrooms experience.
Connecting Classrooms is designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally.
The new Connecting Classrooms programme was officially launched by the British Council and the UK Department for International Development on 24 June 2015.
The new programme, running from 2015–2018, will build the capacity of 45,000 teachers and 12,000 school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:
- digital literacy
- critical thinking and problem solving
- creativity and imagination
- student leadership
- collaboration and communication
Connecting Classrooms will aim to improve teaching in both the UK and other countries in the following key areas:
- Professional development for teachers and school leaders in over 30 countries including the UK.
- Sustainable partnerships between schools in the UK and over 30 countries in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and South and East Asia.
- Professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection and action.
- Awards to schools who are successful in developing young people equipped with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy.
- Online access to high quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes for young people.
The new offer builds upon the success of the first phase of Connecting Classrooms, which ran from June 2012 - June 2015, and focussed on building global awareness and cross-cultural learning amongst young people. The first phase of the programme enabled over 18,000 teachers around the world to benefit from professional development training, with over 70% of schools reporting improvements to global citizenship teaching practice as a result.
There will be more details about how you can get involved in the new Connecting Classrooms programme on Schools Online shortly, and on how it can help you to build your professional practice.