2013 got off to an excellent start for Sibford School near Banbury with news that the school has been selected as part of a major new initiative to boost global education.
Connecting Classrooms is a UK Government and British Council education programme aimed at linking schools around the world.
As part of the initiative, Sibford School has been awarded a grant of £1,500 to help further links with Mbarara Preparatory School in Western Uganda.
Teacher Edward Rossiter said: “This is excellent news and a fabulous start to the New Year. We first became involved with Mbarara Preparatory School in 2005, thanks to a twinning programme operated by the British Council. The Connecting Classrooms grant will help us to continue to build on this relationship and will also enable us to develop links with Mbarara Municipal School, a government funded school in the city which has more than 3,000 pupils and class sizes of around 90 children.”
The Connecting Classrooms grant will help fund teachers from Sibford to take part in exchange visits with the Ugandan schools to work on projects aimed at giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience and encouraging them to become responsible global citizens.
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said: “I want every child growing up in Britain today to be able to learn about the world around them, about what life is like for children in other countries, and about the potential of trade and economic development to build a freer, fairer, more prosperous world.
“Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn 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.
“I am very pleased that Sibford School is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world. The benefits can be enormous – not just for pupils and teachers in the developing world, but for those in Britain too”