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From Finland to Tanzania

Tanzanian Diary, Part 1

In September 2016, Matias Hynynen from Helsinki was working with teachers in Arusha, Tanzania, as a volunteer. An IT specialist, his life was about to get a bit more complicated and his mission take a new direction with the unexpected arrival of another visitor from Finland, Maarit Rossi. This is the first of three extracts from the blog he kept at the time.

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Rebuilding update from Nepal

From Isaac Robinson at The British School in Kathmandu

Almost a year on from the first earthquake of 25th April, staff at the British School Kathmandu have been working hard to ensure that students within our community projects can return to safe and secure buildings as soon as possible. To date, we have opened one new school building at Sungava, and the three buildings in the Dhading region are nearing completion.

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TBS opens new building at Sungava

Formal Opening

On Sunday 7th February, TBS staff and students travelled to to attend the opening where Dr. John Moore (Principal of TBS) was invited to formally open the new school building. Dr. Moore was shown around the new building, including the TBS classroom that we were surprised to see has been named in our honour! The completion of this school building would not have been possible without the donations from our supporters around the world so we accept the honour on behalf of all of our contributors.

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Rebuilding schools in Dhading, Nepal

An update from TBS, Kathmandu

Over the weekend of 16th & 17th January, staff from The British School (TBS) of Kathmandu returned to Dhading and visited the three schools that TBS Charities are helping to rebuild. TBS is pleased to report that the building work is progressing on schedule and the expected date of completion is early May. It is not long now until students will return to permanent classrooms once again.

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PurpleLily in Africa – empowering girls and women

In the April edition of ITM, Ginette Collin introduced us to PurpleLily, a non-profit organisation set up to “inspire and empower women and girls to thrive and shine” by providing life skills and financial literacy training. In this edition, Ginette reflects on her recent two month project in Ethiopia and Tanzania and explores the Contrast in Educational Opportunities on the African continent.

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SEK Dublin IS: intercultural pioneer

 

bray-head-and-wicklow-view-2Set on a green, wooded hillside overlooking the Irish Sea in the beautiful Wicklow countryside between Bray and Greystones, the first impression SEK Dublin International makes is that of neoclassical elegance. The façade comes into sight over the brow of the hill as you proceed along the driveway: with the magnificent Powerscourt Estate just down the road, you know this is the land of the Irish country house.

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Start the year with a song!

Join Voices Around The World this September

Download the score and audio tracks of Listen to Us for your first school assembly of the year!

You know that a new school year has really started when you hear the sound of children singing coming from the school hall or the music room as you walk past. If you are looking for something new and a little bit different for your first assembly this year, the Voices Around the World (VATW) project might just be what you are looking for.

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Schools around the world say “Listen to Us!”

LogoDuring 2015, over 33,000 students from schools around the globe shared in a common musical learning experience – to master one of the vocal parts for a new song called Listen To Us, which united young people around the world as part of the Voices Around The World (VATW) project. This was the third year of the project and has involved over 1,400 national, independent and international schools.  For details about downloading Listen to Us, how to make a donation and to learn more about how your school can get involved in the special 2016 Olympic project, click on the VATW logo.

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Heidi and Peter travel the world!

Class mascots set off from Obersee Bilingual School

Heidi (600x800)It is common practice in Early Years Units for a class mascot to visit the students’ homes through an academic year. There are also many schools who take part in wonderful initiatives such as travelling teddies and “Flat Stanley” which connect schools locally and internationally. Kirstin Botter explains how two class mascots from her school in Switzerland are going more than one step further by travelling the world in 2015 – 2016.

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Nepal Earthquakes – TBS and Lincoln School respond

P1080445_755x9999The Nepal earthquakes and their tragic impact on the lives of so many were broadcast around the world and touched us all. Such appalling disasters capture short-term headlines, but often the long journey of recovery and rebuilding continues unseen and forgotten by all but those involved directly in it. International schools and their communities can play a vital role in ensuring continued support for those who have lost so much.

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Global Education Benchmark Group – Connecting and Collaborating

CyrusIn an increasingly global society and economy, it is important that today’s students develop cultural awareness and a commitment to internationalism. Organisations such as The Global Education Benchmark Group offer opportunities for teachers to hear about initiatives around the globe and exchange practical ideas aimed at broadening students’ horizons. Cyrus Carter reports on their most recent conference.

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Global twinning – the experience of three schools

Tony Richards looks at the growth of intercultural understanding following visits to the UK by schools from Mozambique and China. 


Tony-Richards2They visited for only a short time but the impact on the school community was remarkable: they were kindred spirits with a passion for learning. 
Thanks to an innovative twinning programme, Clifton High School established links with 1st May School, Beira in Mozambique and Dong Feng Dong Lu School, Guangzhou, China. Communication had initially been via email and post. Children and teachers had swapped drawings, photos and the simplest of letters, but nothing had prepared us for the benefits that would result from exchange visits that followed.

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ITM & the world of international teaching

Not so long ago, becoming an international teacher was like joining a club, or so it seems now. Membership was small and quite exclusive. In the 1980s Primary or Elementary international schools outnumbered the high schools and the term “Ïnternational School” tended to be associated with schools which had strong links to the United States (ISKL, HKIS, ASJ), or were part of the United World College organisation. The IB Diploma was entering its third decade and just beginning to win its battle for worldwide recognition.

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