Connecting Classrooms is a school partnership project. It connects groups or clusters of schools between Central and South Asia and the UK to strengthen cultural exchange and build an international dimension into education. Connecting Classrooms provides a rich platform for teachers and students to better understand each other’s societies and cultures and prepare them more effectively for life and work in today’s inter-connected world.
In an increasingly interconnected and intercultural world, it is essential to bring global issues to life for young people and promote a healthy respect for the similarities and differences between countries and cultures.
We believe that bringing together young people from different cultural and economic backgrounds, and those who influence them, is an effective way of breaking down barriers, tackling mistrust and building future understanding between societies.
St Joseph’s has linked with Firwood Special School and St Ethelbert’s School to become part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Strong links have already been forged between the three schools. At a meeting arranged by the British Council the UK partnerships linked up with partnerships from Pakistan. The representatives from the Pakistan partnerships then returned to the areas of the UK with whom they had linked to develop links. a three year plan was prepared and submitted to the British Council for approval.