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Learn to Live: How your school in the UK can link up with a classroom abroad

Our Learn to Live campaign encourages schools in Britain to forge links with those around the world

Naomi Ackerman
Monday 10 September 2018 17:07 BST
London students give their message to children in Jordan

Connecting Classrooms helps pupils in the UK and around the world learn more about global issues and different cultures, while developing the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a 21st century global economy.

It does this through helping school teachers in the UK create direct and lasting partnerships with contemporaries in countries affected by war and poverty.

Part of its programme also involves training teachers and school leaders both in the UK and abroad.

Over the last three years, more than 55,000 teachers and 22,000 school leaders in the UK and across 35 other countries have been trained through Connecting Classrooms, and almost 1 million pupils have benefited from the exchanges.

Schools can apply for grants to visit their partner schools abroad, helping to bring joint projects on global themes to life. Free online resources are provided.

London schools signed up to Connecting Classrooms have already seen pupils enjoy classroom-to-classroom activities, such as organised debates, via FaceTime and WhatsApp.

Many sent scrapbooks detailing their day-to-day lives, and created shared projects on themes such as how to tackle world hunger. Parents of pupils in both countries have got involved, and teachers have reported the scheme helping students become more engaged and more confident.

Headteachers can contact the British Council to discuss how to get involved.

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