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Connecting Classrooms Near East and North Africa contact seminar. Selsdon, 6 th -8 th November 2010. Outline of today’s session. The partnerships Successes; Challenges and ways of overcoming them;   Communicating; Involving students;. Where I am from. Chris Williams [email protected]

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Connecting classrooms near east and north africa contact seminar

Connecting Classrooms Near East and North Africa contact seminar

Selsdon, 6th-8th November 2010


Outline of today s session
Outline of today’s session

  • The partnerships

  • Successes;

  • Challenges and ways of overcoming them;  

  • Communicating;

  • Involving students;


Where i am from
Where I am from

  • Chris Williams [email protected]

  • Former History teacher

  • Former Deputy Head and then Acting Headteacher at large 11-18 school

  • Special Projects Consultant at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

  • Partner Adviser in Lincolnshire – Local Authority reprepresentative

  • British Council Ambassador for the East Midlands


The projects in which i am working
The projects in which I am working

Afghanistan (2008-2011): Year 3

The partners?

UK – Lincoln cluster – three schools

Afghanistan – Mazar-el-Sharif – five schools

My roles ?

Local authority representative

Lead person in one of the schools


The projects in which i am working1
The projects in which I am working

Sub-Saharan Africa (2010-2013): Year 1

The partners?

Nigeria – Lagos Island – three schools (Y1)

Uganda – Mukono – three schools (Y1)

UK – Louth cluster – three schools (Y1)

(Each cluster will add three more schools in Y2 and again in Y3)

My role ?

Local authority representative


The projects in which i am working2
The projects in which I am working

China (2010-2013): Year 1

The partners?

China – nine schools in Zhuhai

Lincolnshire – nine schools south of Lincoln

My role ?

Support for the local authority representative in writing application and general advice


Five successes
Five successes

  • Finding a good name for the project to unite the Nigerian, Ugandan and UK partners:

    Mvoakraba

    “Tiny seeds to great trees”

    Mvule (UG),

    Oak (UK),

    Araba (NIG) –

    pron. Mow - krab – a)


Five successes1
Five Successes

2. An early visit to the UK by a team from one of the Mvoakraba partners in October 2010


Five successes2
Five Successes

3. Afghanistan - teaching units in two of the UK schools

  • Secondary school – Year 7 Study Skills

  • Primary school – Six week theme for the Year 5 class embracing most subjects e.g numeracy. literacy, art etc.


Five successes3
Five Successes

4. Afghanistan – hands-on activities in partner schools in both countries:

  • Greenhouses have been built from old plastic bottles;

  • Vegetable plots have been created, and crops compared


Five successes4
Five Successes

5. Afghanistan

– I visited Kabul in September 2010 to meet partners;

- Year 3 planning took place;

  • Outcomes (products) were exchanged;

  • School assemblies on my visit have been well received




Five challenges and ways of overcoming them 3 language and cultural differences
Five challenges and ways of overcoming them3. Language (and cultural) differences




Communicating in the uk cluster how when where
Communicating in the UK cluster- how? when? where?

  • Afghanistan

    Despite close distances, communications have mainly been by email, with termly meetings at most

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

    Key communication is between heads of the three Year One schools at regular general meetings. Mvoakraba is a fixed agenda item


Involving students
Involving students

  • All schools in the cluster

  • Disability Awareness event

  • Tree-planting event

  • Primary schools

    - Monks Abbey weather project

    - letter exchanges

  • Secondary schools


General advice with which to finish this presentation
General advice with which to finish this presentation

  • Build a team

  • Share the tasks across the cluster

  • Keep the activity content simple to start with

    e.g. weather data

    e.g. ‘my journey to school’

    e.g. ‘my food this week’

  • Plan the first visit as early as possible in Year 1



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