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Is the World Smaller? Lebanon and UK Partnership
 

21 May 2015


The world is increasingly characterized by its complexity, interconnectedness and diversity. International education is indeed a key driver in enhancing our students’ prosperity and in building bridges of understanding and cooperation among cultures and countries. At Houssam Eddine Hariri High School, educators are always striving to bring a truly international quality of education to all students at all grade levels.
In 2014, our school has been awarded the full International School Award, the British Council accreditation scheme rewarding schools with a notable global element in their curriculum. In 2015, the international journey continues with launching a Connecting Classroom Partnership with Chipping Sodbury School in United Kingdom. Mr. Shaun Hatton and I, the international coordinators, planned our partnership, developed curriculum-based initiatives that involved classroom-to-classroom pairings, and succeeded in receiving the project grant. Our aim was to set up and develop a programme where students from both countries can collaborate with each other and develop deeper understanding and knowledge of the world around them.
Students from both schools worked on an array of interdisciplinary projects, created blogs, and conducted several skype sessions. Project-based learning was facilitated through the exchange of students’ work (letters, post cards, art work) and ongoing student-to-student communication. Thanks to Ms. Hiba Kanbar and Mrs. Rasha Al Hajj for their tremendous collaboration in engaging their students with global projects.

During a bubbly week trip to UK, I had the privilege to visit Chipping Sodbury School in Bristol. During my busy timetable, I attended classes, conducted general assembly about Lebanon and shared my school culture and Lebanese culture with UK staff and students. Face-to-face contact with other teachers from different disciplines and grade levels provided better opportunities to come up with innovative project ideas and brainstorm ways to implement them in both schools. 'We’re building relationships that develop international and intercultural awareness as well as develop contacts and connections abroad', says Shaun.

 

Mona Majzoub