Why schoolLinks?

SchoolLinks can be a tool to counter new educational challenges in an interesting and contemporary way. It promotes and offers an international dimension in education. By means of a direct long term relationship, pupils and teachers can share knowledge and experiences about their culture, values, dreams and worries.

In our globalized world it is important to educate children and young people to become global citizens, to find their place in this great town. The challenges of globalization, the North-South issues, cultural diversity, ... are all becoming increasingly important in the school activities in Flanders. A school partnership brings the world into the classroom. For children, it is a very pleasant way to tackle learning issues and to make global issues  tangible. They can widen their view on the world and acquire new skills (intercultural skills, ICT, language,…). For teachers, the exchange of good practices can improve the quality of their learning and teaching.

A North-South Partnership between schools requires commitment, but also has many advantages:

  • A school band broadens the horizon of the students. They can look at things from the perspective of their friends from the other class. Instead of a mirror, they get a window to the world.
  • Through direct contacts or projects with people from another culture you will develop the necessary intercultural skills, such as knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity and respectful learning to deal with those differences.
  • Via the contact and exchange with your partner school you will see the true face and the diversity of the South. This is a very interesting way to acquire  knowledge and learn how to go against the traditional stereotypes.
  • With your school link you can work to achieve various developmental objectives. For primary education this will be especially those which fall within the area of ​​'world orientation'. For secondary education, this will be the cross-curricular themes. Here the goals related to global education and global citizenship are intertwined with with sustainable development and the political-legal-, socio-economic- and socio-cultural society.
  • Even for the most diverse subject-related objectives the school link can be used as an the instrument to create and apply learning materials. Internet communication with the partner school through email or websites allows students to aplly their knowledge on ICT very concretely. Communicating in another language on a certain theme of mathematics, music, biology, ... by both schools can lead to surprising insights.
  • Exchange of experiences between teachers and / or school management: even when the context is so different, specific educational needs are the same wherever people are. You can learn from each other about how to deal with bullying at school, multilingualism in the classroom, inclusive teaching, school management, educational reforms, ... this is interesting for teachers in both Flanders and the South. Among teachers from the South there is often a high demand for experience exchange. But the Flemish school can also benefit from it when they hear how certain themes are addressed in the South.