Africa - Tanzania
Our partnership with Arusha Secondary School in northern Tanzania began in 2009. The partnership came about through a link that another school has with a Primary School in Arusha. We are keen that students should have the opportunity to continue the global citizenship work that began in the primary school. The danger is that it can come to a halt when the students change schools. This is an opportunity for sustained partnerships and an extension of good work begun in their early years. A teacher from the Primary School visited our school in May 2012 and as a result of this visit we were able to establish a link with the secondary school in Arusha.
The Arusha Secondary School was established in 1962. There are 2100 students, aged 11 – 23 years. The curriculum includes the arts, Science, ICT, Food and Nutrition, French and English. It is an urban school in the centre of Arusha city. Some students attend in the morning whilst the remainder attend in the afternoon. 'O' level students are not achieving as 'A' level students. Many students live far from the school and their parents are not well off.
Letters of introduction were exchanged between the project coordinators and the link was formally established. A common aim was agreed, 'To equip all learners to become global citizens'. Regular communication between project coordinators took place resulting in 2011 in a successful application to the British Council for Connecting Classrooms funding.
Since securing the funding the Headteacher from Arusha Secondary School visited The Long Eaton School in 2013, followed by the Head of English in 2014. In 2015 an Assistant Headteacher will visit The Long Eaton School and a Science teacher from Long Eaton will visit Arusha.
Students have engaged in a number of joint curriculum projects including:
Culture in a box – students chose 10 items which represent their culture. The boxes were delivered during the teacher visits and shared with students in the partner school
Food for Life – students in both schools worked together to produce a calendar showing how food is produced in Arusha and the UK.
Similarities between celebrations in the UK and Tanzania and the food involved with them between the UK and Tanzania. Focus on birth, marriage and death ceremonies. Each school produced presentations to exchange with partner schools for comparison and discussion. The students engaged in a Skype discussion.
Water consumption and conservation – students compared the ways in which water is used and conserved in Arusha and the UK.
In 2015 the projects will focus on Slavery, the causes and impact