„NORTH- SOUTH CONNECTION: PARTNERSHIP FOR A MORE JUST WORLD BETWEEN EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN SCHOOLS”

 

One of the main challenges of current educational systems is to create a common feeling of interconnectedness and shared responsibility for the world and for its inhabitants. Even when teachers are ready to integrate global issues in their teaching, they often lack the knowledge, skills and tools to motivate their students by demonstrating the immediate relevance of these issues to them.

We believe that school partnerships are an effective answer to this challenge for two reasons:

1. they create living personal relations between students of different economic, political and social environments, thus creating a natural link between their experiences;

2. they are based on the project method, directly engaging the young people in a way that they become the actors, rather than objects of a learning experience.

Within the partnership we set up a network of 16 European schools, linking them simultaneously on the national, regional and European level. Each of these schools is linked to an African counterpart, allowing direct collaboration with peers in the global South. Our network of schools does not only create partnerships between institutions but first of all, between persons – participating teachers and students. Beyond this immediate group, the project affects the wider school communities (school administration, educational staff, other students), the students’ families, the local communities, as well as educational authorities.

 

PROJECT CALENDAR:

2013 January – May

  • – selection of European and African schools
  • – establishment of the school partnerships
  • – launch of a common resource website and a guidebook for participating teachers
  • – national teacher trainings for European teachers

2013 June-August

  • – European teachers visit their African colleagues
  • – development of joint projects

2013 September – 2014 June

  • – joint curricular projects on selected themes related to the Millennium Development Goals: realization, evaluation and documentation

2014 July-August

  • – European summer camp for selected students and teachers

2014 September – November

  • – African teachers visit their European colleagues
  • – national exhibitions and events to highlight the results of the project
  • – international conference in Budapest
  • – multilingual publication of best practices in Bulgarian, Danish, English, Hungarian and Slovenian

 

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