Mansfield academy helping to boost global education

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The Brunts Academy has been chosen to develop international links with Sri Lanka as part of a major new school twinning project to boost global education.

Connecting Classrooms is a UK Government and British Council education initiative.

Brunts has been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues.

Teachers and students are working with Rahula College in Sri Lanka to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy.

Schools across the UK can benefit from a range of support offered by the scheme.

Martin Heartfield, deputy headteacher and international co-ordinator at Brunts, said: ”We are thrilled and delighted that yet again our commitment to providing our students with global opportunities for learning and partnership has been recognised at the highest level.

“The Connecting Classrooms initiative will enable us to further develop our links with Rahula College, helping to increase students’ awareness of global issues and differences in lifestyles.”

Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said: “I am very pleased that the Brunts Academy in Mansfield is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world.

“Young people and teachers can make a fantastic contribution by sharing the best of Britain with their peers around the world and at the same time, the great thing is that they can get invaluable knowledge of what life is like in other countries.

“Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn about the world around them, about the facts of poverty that face children their own age in developing countries, and how education can help eradicate poverty. It will also benefit teachers by enhancing their professional skills.”

The programme will enable a teacher from Brunts to take part in an exchange visit with Rahula College and work on classroom-based projects together, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience. Students from both schools will be working on joint projects covering different cultural festivals including Christmas, recycling and the environment and the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyles.