Secondary school keeps links with Sri Lanka

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Marshland High School has once again been chosen to develop international links with Sri Lanka as part of a major school twinning project to boost global education.

Connecting Classrooms is a UK government and British Council education initiative. Marshland High School has been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues. Teachers and students are working with Swarnamali Girls 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.

Rose Cornelius, the International Links Coordinator, from Marshland High School said “The students will learn about opportunities and limitations in each other’s lives and the comparison between our two countries for young people, particularly girls, from a teenager’s point of view. This will improve their literacy, communication and ICT skills as well as their ability to compare and contrast, critical analyse and evaluate and empathise with other situations around the world. The water project is very topical for both schools as we are surrounded by agriculture and water ways. We both face issues with water including disease, wildlife habitat, flooding and drought. This project aims to unite nations with the similar issues and outline engineering, science and technology that are used globally and also the small things we can do, not only as a school community, but also individuals in our homes to combat the problems. The music project is improving the student’s creative ability and also knowledge of world music as we aim to combine our countries sounds in a track produced by students to sell to parents and the surrounding community. This project will unite our two schools in one common goal with a soundtrack the students have written, performed and produced themselves. It will promote creativity, delegation, cooperation and listening skills. These skills are all required to succeed in a global workplace and understanding others backgrounds and cultures is tantamount in today’s world.”

Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said:

“I am very pleased that Marshland High School in West Norfolk is continuing 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 this year will enable a music teacher from Marshland High School to take part in an exchange visit with Swarnamali Girls College and work on classroom-based projects together, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience. “We have, in collaboration, planned various fund raising activities so we are both committing time and effort into our partnership alongside the projects and work within the school. Our aim is, now 6 students from Marshland have visited Sri Lanka, to raise funds for 2 teachers and 6 students to visit the UK. This is a huge venture to undertake but thoroughly believe this will take our partnership beyond paperwork and ICT into real human connections and global citizenship.”

Rupika Jayasinghe, the International Coordinator from Sri Lanka said “The Sri Lankan students had opportunities to improve their English in addition to global citizenship issues as they looked to a global future. All students improved their creativity, speaking, writing and IT skills. As well as all the global issues covered in the poster project the students improved their inter-cultural relations, ability to relate and work with a different nationality (not very many opportunities for that in the Fens or Kandy) and presentation skills doing assemblies and talks.”

Elizabeth Dormor, Head Teacher continues: “The international programme is broadening our students’ understanding of global issues and adding real value to their education. This latest project is very exciting and I would like to thank all the staff involved for all of their hard work in making all of this possible.”