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School Partnerships

Highland One World offers support for partnership work through the provision of advice, a range of professional development workshops and relevant teaching resources.

A school partnership should lead to an equal and mutually beneficial relationship across both cultures where an understanding of the reality of each other’s lives is developed, contributing to positive change in both countries.

School partnerships can be particularly valuable as a means of engaging young learners in their preparation to become global citizens. There are many benefits to be gained from developing a school partnership.

At their best, partnerships can:

  • generate enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • cultivate an openness to new thinking and ideas
  • inspire a desire for positive change, locally and globally.

They can help pupils develop:

  • self-awareness
  • respect for others
  • skills of enquiry and critical thinking, and the ability to apply these to local and global issues
  • the ability to communicate in different ways and settings
  • an appreciation of diversity
  • a sense of injustice and a commitment to tackling it
  • an understanding of how local and global are connected, and of the impacts that actions have at both levels

Oxfam – Building Successful School Partnerships (2007)

The range of benefits that a partnership offers lay strong foundations for global citizenship and has clear links with the Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.

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