Scots teachers take learning global in Rwanda

It won’t be their usual summer break, and it’ll be a whole new classroom. The teaching will be different and their home life filled with cultural experiences and challenges. However, there will be bags of inspiration, enthusiasm, similarities and a warm welcome when fifteen Scottish teachers leave their classrooms behind on the last day of term and head to Rwanda to live and work for four weeks.

Fifteen teachers from the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus area are taking part in the Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) programme, a learning opportunity that will greatly improve and support the long-term development of global education within their schools and enhance global citizenship values in young people.

The programme is run by The Wood Foundation (TWF), the philanthropic charity created by Sir Ian Wood and family in 2007. The programme falls under the ‘Developing Young People in Scotland’ category with the main focus on global citizenship. Other areas focused on by TWF in this category are youth philanthropy, childhood poverty, and positive pathways for young people leaving full-time education.

The GLP experience enriches practitioners while interweaving the effects of globalisation with Learning for Sustainability, providing children in Scotland with a unique and fascinating insight into another culture through the teachers’ experience of working and living in the East-African communities.

While overseas, the practitioners will also provide mentor support to enhance and improve the development of their East-African counterparts. Fully immersing themselves in the lifestyle aims to boost the teachers’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of teaching for Learning for Sustainability, returning to nurture socially responsible, outward looking pupils.

The fifteen teachers heading to Rwanda this summer will be the second cohort of teachers visiting Rwanda through the GLP programme after it was established in 2013, with the first group of teachers taking part in summer 2014.

Over the next few months Teaching Scotland will be following two teachers as they travel to Rwanda during the summer holidays as part of the GLP programme.