Connecting Classrooms and Communities is a program that creates partnerships between clusters of schools in Cameroon and others around the world. It has been designed to enable schools to use international partnerships to achieve goals within core educational strategies, as well as national strategies for internationalizing education.
Learners of all ages and abilities benefit from direct interaction with their international peers. Working together on joint projects improves communication and ICT skills, encourages language learning, and deepens their understanding of other societies and cultures – as well as their own. It can also have a positive impact on motivation and achievement.
Teachers and school leaders gain from experiencing educational practice in different countries, sharing good practice with national and international counterparts, and benchmarking against standards in other countries.
English- or French-speaking classrooms anywhere in the world can participate in this program by becoming pen pals with children in a Cameroon classroom. We are planning a harvest fair in Spring 2017 to feature the produce from that year’s gardens, and sister schools could help plan it by designing posters, developing recipes, and preparing information packets.
The experience could be even more meaningful for all involved if the sister school held a fundraiser to support the school gardens. Fundraisers could include collecting cell phones for recycling; collecting book donations and holding a book sale; or hosting a buffet featuring a variety of African dishes made with using the recipes developed for the crops grown.
If you a teacher or administrator at a school that might be interested in a school partnership, please email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.