UK announces global education programme involving 30 countries

by Ray Clancy on August 11, 2015

More than five million school pupils worldwide will benefit from a new global education programme connecting UK classrooms to over 30 countries around the world.

A new programme called Connecting Classrooms will run from 2015 to 2018 and is aimed at helping young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalized economy, and make a positive contribution locally and globally.

educationChildrenThe programme, from the British Council and the Department for International Development (DFID), 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.

This will include digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and imagination, student leadership, collaboration and communication and citizenship.

It also aims to improve teaching in both the UK and other countries. It will help with professional development for teachers and school leaders in over 30 countries, including the UK, and create sustainable partnerships between schools in the UK and countries in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and South and East Asia.

It is hoped that it will support professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection and action and will include awards to schools which are successful in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalized economy.

“We believe in being a country that shapes the world. Today’s school children will be tomorrow’s global leaders and the more they can learn about the world the more they can shape it. Their positive energy and enthusiasm will be vital as we battle inequality and create a safer, healthier and more prosperous world,” said International Development Minister Baroness Verma. “Connecting Classrooms gives young people the chance to act as Britain’s ambassadors across the world. As they interact with and learn more about developing countries they will also show that Britain is determined to leave no one behind.”

According to British Council Director of Education and Society, Dr Jo Beall, it will help young people be prepared for their future in the best possible way.

“Whether you are a young person in Lagos or Glasgow, Dhaka or London, accessing education that supports the development of academic mastery alongside the acquisition of core skills will be crucial to your future success, to the future and wellbeing of others and to the prosperity of our global society as a whole,” said Beall. “Young people need and deserve the opportunity to grow into well rounded, creative and critical citizens, ready to engage with labour markets and shape the future for themselves and future generations,”

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