Global School Partnerships between post-primary schools in Ireland and the Global South are encouraged where they are characterised by joint learning, equity and respect. These partnerships should contribute to sustained learning projects that involve the wider community and can demonstrate an impact upon learners and teachers. These partnerships should be underpinned by a partnership agreement with both schools having the opportunity to visit one another and engage in collaborative work.
If you have an existing Global School Partnership, WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) are on hand through phone, email and visits to guide you thorough ensuing this partnership is as best practice as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions at all on this.
WWGS Guidelines for Global School Partnerships
The guide outlines what a global partnership involves, top-tips for getting started, case studies, planning guides and tips, and a partnership template.
NCCA – Local and Global Citizenship
This unit has been developed for schools developing links with counterparts in the Global South. The module provides a range of activities to assist students understand the North/South Relationships, and explore the concepts and values of partnership, joint learning, development, power and solidarity.
Framing Our World: A Youth Work Resource on the use of images and messages in Development
This is a very good resource to facilitate with students who are engaging in global partnerships within their schools, taking leadership on DE communications or running raising awareness activities on global justice issues. It supports the teacher to explore with students global power relations; challenge stereotypes; engage in the stories behind the development images; and help find a more balanced, just approach to global justice. The pack provides a number o tools to assist students photo-literacy, critical reflection and the learning of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.
Practical School Examples:
Here are some examples from the applications of Global Passport Awardees. These provide some great examples for what your school can do in this school category:
Cabra Community College, Dublin
We have an ongoing partnership with a school called DEIS Madagascar where we have shared our experiences by students in the past writing letters to the students in Madagascar. We have also conducted an art project where students used recyclable materials to make objects in art class and compared it with the Madagascan student’s use of recyclable materials in their art class. We also examined how many young people in Madagascar recycle from dumps whereas the Students in Cabra CC throw out a lot of stuff unnecessarily to the dump. Citizens Global Passport Award Winner 2017
Magh Ene College, Donegal
The school has participated in the “Global Conversations” project with cross-border and Ghanaian schools. This project focused on issues such as Climate Change, Cultural Awareness and Environmental Issues. Our school has visited a school in China which involved home stay accommodation for our students, cultural visits and participation in a Model UN debate with the Chinese host school”. Special Global Passport Award Winner 2016
Deansrath Community College, Dublin
“We are in an established partnership with a school in the Philippines we have had teacher travel/ student travel and a visit from the partner school. We work on collaborative projects and we currently are working on a project for 2015/16.” Diplomatic Global Passport Award Winner 2015
Coláiste Bhríde Carnew
“My colleagues Aileen Tennant & Joseph Clowry and I founded the ITSSN-Ireland and Tanzania Secondary Schools Network in partnership with Young Scientist Tanzania. We are working on embedding the Climate Justice School Programme to four schools in Tanzania. We have visited Tanzania and have received a reciprocal visit in 2015. Students from Tanzania and students from Colaiste Bhride had the opportunity to meet the winning students from YST at the BT young Scientist Exhibition. Our students also met the Koboso girls at a special reception in NUIM a few years ago. Our Carlow/Carnew Network has grown from two to four schools over the past year and we have an interest from a fifth school next year. Our ITSSN has now a network of four schools.”Special Global Passport Award Winner 2015