Programme Aim: to bring children from schools in Malawi and the UK together to learn more about each other’s lives and develop as global thinkers through educational partnerships.
Schools linking offers a framework for exploring topics such as identity, diversity, equality and community through the cultivation of positive international relationships. Through each link we seek to open children’s minds to the great diversity that is contained within the world we share and encourage them to feel a connection between their own lives and the lives of children in a different country.
The programme provides opportunities for teachers to meet and work together to plan linking projects, tailored to their school’s needs; with equitable benefits for all concerned, safe yet challenging learning experiences and tools for reflective practice in their own classes to embed learning.
Starfish explores the world from a Christian viewpoint, giving expression to the principle of “love your neighbour”. This impacts the way that we not only relate to one another, but also the world and environment around us. As we bring schools together from Malawi and the UK, our belief is that we are better working together than we are apart. We have much to learn from one another and value diversity.
New Literacy Development Project!
Preparations are underway for an innovative new project in the Salima area of Malawi, designed to improve children’s literacy - a key factor in overcoming poverty (currently around 1 in 4 young adults in Malawi cannot read or write). The project will create a network of teachers from across different primary schools, who will become Literacy Leaders. Candidates have been identified already and are excited to take part! They will access training, resources, links with schools in the UK (sharing writing both ways) and build relationships with local nurseries. They will feed these benefits back to their teaching colleagues, serving as mentors within their schools. Rachel Ormrod, a teacher and International Development graduate from the UK, will be setting up the project as a volunteer, with the aim to hand this role over to a Malawian in due course so the project is both sustainable and empowering.
You can read more and donate specifically to this project - which is relying on your generosity now to get it kickstarted - at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/literacyleaders.