British teachers head to Kenya for Connecting Classrooms conference

Connecting Classrooms Kenya Conference 2018
Miss Martin and Miss Marsh are among the British teachers sharing best practice with fellow educators. Photo: Twitter/MissBMartin21

Two British school teachers from Oldham have joined fellow British and Kenyan education professionals taking part in a conference held by the Kenyan government, which is working to re-design the curriculum by exchanging insights and ideas on successful teaching and learning practises.

Richmond Academy Miss Martin and Miss Marsh from Richmond Academy have travelled to Kenya during the half term break to share their teaching experiences and how they have implemented the core skills in their own curriculum.

During their visit, they will also discuss their involvement in the Connecting Classrooms, a global education programme for schools run by the British Council with has seen their school forging a new partnership with Kimathi Primary School in Kenya.

This programme, which equips teachers with the knowledge and techniques to teach young people the skills they need to live and work in an increasingly globalised economy, is successfully run in more than 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).

Tweeting about the visit, Miss Martin said: “One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Making friends, changing lives, teaching, exploring the culture and trying to be the best that I can be! Hopefully this is only the very start of our partnership.”

Virtual Partnerships, through the Connecting Classrooms project, also offer teachers and pupils a unique opportunity to work and learn with a school from another country and culture using different forms of technology and communication tools.

Connecting Classrooms Conference Kenya 2018
British and Kenyan educators share their experiences during the Connecting Classrooms conference. Photo: Twitter/ke_British

Also travelling to Kenya over the last week as part of the Connecting Classrooms initiative have been Mr Arthur and Mr Brown from Sprowston Junior School in Norwich which has developed a partnership with Racecourse Primary School in Kariokor.

The two schools have partnered on core skills, creativity and imagination with the key focus being on mathematic skills.

Another Connecting Classrooms partnership between Lomayana Primary and Dunrossness Primary in Scotland chose critical thinking and problem solving as their focus.

Connecting Classrooms work
Some of the work from the Connecting Classrooms project was shared at the conference. Photo: Twitter/ke_British

For more information about Connecting Classrooms and how your school can get involved, please visit the Schools Online page on the British Council website.

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