In the past few days, we have been busy matching schools that applied for a School Partnership. This week’s blog will tell you more about the School Partnership programme and why it’s such an awesome opportunity for students AND teachers!
So what is a School Partnership?
As most partnerships should be, a School Partnership is all about communicating, learning from each other and having fun!To understand how a School Enterprise Challenge partnership works, we thought it would be a great idea to interview a teacher that had already been part of one. So we spoke to Morag Oldham, a teacher at Carlogie Primary School in Scotland, about her school’s partnership with The Birches pre-primary school in South Africa last year…
Why did you decide to apply? What made you want a partner school?
It was an opportunity to let the children interact with other children from overseas and to make them aware of another culture.
How did the partnership start? What activities did you do?
To start with we swapped business plans and eventually we actually traded the products from our business. The South African school were selling bracelets, so they sent us £250 worth of bracelets that fitted in well with the café enterprise we were running. This then led to the children looking at international trade and other things – it was really involving for the kids.
How did you communicate? Did you manage to keep in regular contact?
We exchanged contact about every 2 or 3 weeks by email.
How did the partnership benefit the students?
It made everything more real. They were not only able to see each other’s business plans but also the cultural differences between our schools and countries. They were able to see how each school was benefiting in different ways. For example; the funds from The Birches Pre-Primary School’s business was helping to pay for their teachers.
And what did you feel you got out of it? What was your favourite aspect?
All in all, it was a great opportunity for two different schools in two different countries to communicate and learn about each other. For me, as a teacher, it was great to see how a school the other side of the world in another culture works. Speaking with the other teachers was a real eye-opener and a great experience.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Morag for her time. This year we have the most diverse range of countries participating in the School Enterprise Challenge, so we’re really excited to hear about how our School Partnerships develop. If you have any comments or thoughts to add about a partnership you have been a part of in previous years, please leave a comment below – we would love to hear from you!
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