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School's Links with Ghana

posted 7 Feb 2018, 07:33 by Tim Williams
Teachers from Nightingale Academy have forged a new partnership with schools in Ghana as part of a
unique global education programme.
Connecting Classrooms is run in more than 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the
Department for International Development (DFID).
It equips teachers with the knowledge and techniques to teach young people the skills they need to live and
work in an increasingly globalised economy.
The programme enables teachers not only to teach 21st century core skills to children in their classroom, but
also to visit partner schools in other countries to exchange insights and ideas on how to improve teaching
and learning in their schools.

Nightingale, in Edmonton, is co-ordinating a delegate group of teachers from Aylward Academy and Meridian Angel Primary School, in Enfield, and Noel Park and Trinity primaries, in Haringey, who will be travelling to Ghana this month.
They are taking part in the programme because of its commitment to preparing students to become well- rounded, truly global citizens.
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “I am delighted Nightingale Academy is taking on this excellent opportunity to develop professional practice by collaborating with teachers from Ghana and the UK. 
Their commitment to equip young people with skills and understanding for life and work in an increasingly global economy is to be commended.”
Students will be working with their counterparts in Accra, Ghana, on a project to explore critical thinking and
problem-solving skills learning.
Connecting Classrooms will enable teacher Jenet Gwaki and principal Ann Palmer to take part in a visit to
share experiences and success in teaching and implementing the core skills in their own curriculum.
Ms Palmer said: ‘We are determined that Nightingale will celebrate diversity as we see this as a strength,
both in school and in the community. The fact a number of other schools are also undertaking some
excellent work as part of this British Council partnership is fantastic.”
The visit will also provide a platform for success to be shared more widely, which may influence education
policy and strategy at a local and national level.