On Wednesday 23 March 2022, we gathered with some school link teachers for an online exchange. After an inspiring presentation on decolonisation, we refreshed your memory on how to fill in an action plan and what the different school link levels are. Afterwards, it was time for exchanges between teachers about how to maintain a strong school link and which challenges and opportunities this involves.

Decolonisation is not a metaphor!

Sebastian Van Hoeck from UCOS provided an introduction to decolonisation. What does decolonisation mean for international partnerships? How do you start? How equal is a school link? What prejudices do you have? What is anti-racism? In other words, he gave us a lot of food for thought. Read the full report!

Creating action plans together

When your school has registered for a school link and you have received the template for the action plan, you can start planning together with your partner school. Below you will find an instructional video on how to develop an action plan. (Read more below the video).

How do you maintain a strong school link?

At the end of the inspiration session, the participating teachers shared the challenges and opportunities they face in maintaining their school links. The exchange showed that communication is one of the most important elements in building a successful partnership, but this is not always easy due to different time zones, different communication channels, bad internet connections, different priorities, etc. The full report of this online exchange can be downloaded below. Who knows, it might help your school link to tackle existing challenges and take your school link to the next level.

Do you face challenges while maintaining your school link or do you have tips that could be useful for other schools? Please let us know via info@scholenbanden.be

WHAT IS A SCHOOL LINK?

SUSTAINABLE COOPERATION

A school link is an equity-based partnership between a Belgian school and a school in the Global South, with the ambition to evolve in a sustainable way and to work together on a number of educational goals.

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How do you start?

The different links of the chain

Achieving a successful, equity-based collaboration with your partner school is not easy. Here you will find some tips to achieve a sustainable coorperation. 

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