Kate Hodson, Headteacher from Poplar Farm Primary School in Grantham has forged a new partnership with Maroub Elementary Public School in Tyre, Lebanon, as part of Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning, a unique global education programme.
Connecting Classrooms is run in over 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). It works with schools across the globe to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make a positive contribution to their world.
The programme enables teachers not only to teach these skills to children in their classroom, but also to visit partner schools in other countries to exchange insights and ideas on how to improve teaching and global learning in their schools.
Poplar Farm Primary School is taking part in the programme as part of a cluster of schools because of its commitment preparing young people to make a positive contribution to their world.
On hearing the news that Poplar Farm has successfully applied to take part in the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:
“I am delighted that Poplar Farm Primary School in Grantham is taking on this excellent opportunity to develop their professional practice by collaborating with teachers from Lebanon and the UK. Their commitment to equip young people with skills and understanding for life and work in an increasingly global economy is to be commended.”
Pupils will be working with their counterparts in Lebanon on an exciting project learning about Climate Change.
Kate Hodson, Headteacher at Poplar Farm said:
“We have established a positive link with Maroub Elementary and enjoyed some shared projects together already. The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning funding will enable us to strengthen our partnership and share skills and knowledge from both schools, benefitting children in both schools. I believe it is important for children to learn about global issues through first hand meaningful experiences.”
Connecting Classrooms will enable teachers from Poplar Farm School to take part in an exchange visit with the partner school to share experiences and success in teaching and implementing global learning in both schools.
Mona Shehadah, Headteacher at Maroub Elementary School said:
“We are looking forward to sharing experiences in new fruitful projects with the lovely pupils from Poplar Farm!”