The United Kingdom on Thursday launched a new education programme for children aged between seven and 14 years, with Nigeria as one of the benefitting countries. Jointly funded and delivered by the British Council, which will contribute £17 million, and the Department for International Development, which will contribute £21 million, Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning will unite pupils in the UK with school children in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Besides Nigeria, the programme launched at St. Joseph’s School in Wandsworth, London, will operate in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). Also to benefit are five countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, India), one in East Asia (Burma), and eight Middle East and North African countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco).
The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme is designed to build long-term partnerships between schools and communities in the UK and countries around the world, a joint statement by the DFID, British Council, and Department for Education said.
The statement added, “The previous Connecting Classrooms programme involved more than 5,000 schools working in partnership and reached more than one million children between 2015 and 2018. DFID and British Council’s new programme builds on elements of Connecting Classrooms and the Global Learning Programme. It will increase awareness and understanding of global issues and different cultures by reaching a further three million pupils for a period of three years.
“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.
“The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme is part of an initiative that introduces the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, to students and teachers in the UK and around the world. The goals are designed to deliver a more sustainable future for all and include tackling hunger, providing clean water and affordable clean energy.”
Schools can sign up by going to the British Council’s website and selecting the part of the programme they are interested in, or by firstname.lastname@example.org.