Himanchal Boarding school, Pokhara (Nepal)

Rushcliffe school links with Nepal to prepare young people for life and work in the 21st century

Rushcliffe school has forged a new partnership with Himanchal Boarding school in Nepal as part of Connecting Classrooms, 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 these ‘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.

Rushcliffe school is taking part in this programme because of its commitment to preparing students to become well-rounded, truly global citizens.

Mrs Collins (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Purnell (Head of humanities) took part in this professional visit in February 2018 to share  their experiences and success in teaching and implementing the core skills in their own curriculum  to learn about the Nepalese education system and to identify opportunities for developing good practice and future collaborative projects for both teachers and staff.

Prior to the visit, students in a variety of subjects at Rushcliffe were involved in planning and creating resources to take to Nepal for use in the classrooms and to teach the students about life in Rushcliffe school. These resources (video , 3D geography quiz on the UK, reflections values questionnaire and a musical recording classes singing  traditional British songs) were very well received and provided the stimulus for a week of creative group work activities , including the filming of a video about their school . This video was shown in a whole school ethos assembly to explore the similarities and differences between our 2 schools and to share the projects prepared and our plans for future collaboration.   For Rushcliffe staff and students, we are keen to utilise their expertise and passion for environmental sciences which is now going to be more explicitly linked into our Geography and DT curriculum.

There are great opportunities to look at local, national and global impact of environmental damage as well as strategies to tackle this. We are also keen to develop the high levels of student responsibility to mirror those in our partner school, where students are strong independent learners and who take on leadership for organisation of events as well as day to day responsibilities in the classroom.

We would very much like to build on our relationship and are looking at ways we can share resources electronically- especially higher level resources as Himanchal are extending their delivery to 'college' level as required by new Nepalese government guidelines. We are also keen to build more personal relationships and are seeking funding to support the school in Nepal to purchase a projector to allow them not only to use electronic/ more interactive resources in lessons but also give us the opportunity of skype links between classes.