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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
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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