Welsh secretary encourages schools to join global education programme

The Welsh secretary is encouraging schools across the country to get involved with the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme

The Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, visited Heronsbridge School in Bridgend yesterday to encourage more schools in Wales to sign up to the UK aid-backed Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, which launched in England in September.

The programme aims to connect more than three million primary and secondary school pupils in the UK with schools in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It will also train 60,000 teachers and school leaders in the UK and developing countries to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a global economy.

Cairns said: “The UK Government Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme is a valuable way for children here in Wales to gain a broader view of the world at an early age, learning more about the issues affecting countries in all corners of the globe. It is also an opportunity for schools around the world to benefit from the support and knowledge of British teachers.

“I urge primary schools and secondary schools across Wales to sign up to take part in such a meaningful scheme operating in a vast global network.”

Research has shown that ‘school linking’ can increase the quality of teaching and learning in the schools involved, improving both pupil engagement and teacher motivation.

International development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, added: “The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme is a win for the UK and a win for the developing world.

“The programme will build deep and meaningful partnerships between schools and communities in the UK and countries all over the world.

“I have already heard heart-warming stories of how children taking part have come to realise just how much they have in common, and how much they have learned from each other, building lasting friendships.”

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Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, commented: “Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning provides young people with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in an increasingly global society. The partnership between Heronsbridge School and schools in Africa shows the huge impact these connections can have on pupils, teachers and the local community. We hope schools across Wales will sign up to take part.”

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