Global Schools Partnership Education Group (GSPEG)
Global School Partnerships (GSP) aim to raise young people’s awareness of global citizenship and development issues to equip them with skills and knowledge to become global citizens. They provide a dynamic and inspiring way for schools, teachers, leaner’s and the wider community to engage with a global dimension.
Developing equitable global school partnerships in an unequal world is a challenge but it is important to enable schools and teachers to learn from each other. The Diocesan Mission Development Officer and the Global Schools Partnership Education Group supports the diocesan schools in identifying an appropriate school, supporting through the process of initial contact with a link school, applying for Connecting Classroom funding and planning teacher exchange visits.
Group members are teachers involved with their link school and have the experience of developing and sustaining a partnership; planning and undertaking exchange visits as well as hosting their international counterparts.
The main task of the GSPEG is to promote, serve and develop GSP and to promote the distinctiveness of our church schools through their partnerships with the global church and majority world in their partnerships with the Diocese of Morogoro, Peru, Magdeburg and other nations working in partnership with the British Council.
Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme, funded by the UK International Department and administered by the British Council, designed to help young people learn about global themes and become responsible global citizens. It provides funding to the UK school and it international partner school for teacher exchange visits. It also offers school partnerships accreditation and professional development courses for educators and an opportunity for them to share best practice with international counterparts.
There are seventeen Worcester Diocese primary schools and one secondary school with well established links with state schools in the diocese of Morogoro. There are also seven schools in the early stages of developing a link.
The group has put together some basic guidance notes for schools to help with undertaking exchange visits. See the related resources below.