Connecting Classrooms provides cluster groups of three schools with the chance to partner with schools from two different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. The purpose of the programme is to enable intercultural dialogue and to increase knowledge and understanding of each other's societies.
Schools apply to the programme in clusters of three. If successful, they will be invited to a contact seminar where they will form partnerships with two other clusters from two other countries. Each seminar allows these new partnerships to become established and start planning their project together. Each partnership will consist of 3 UK schools, plus 3 schools from one African country and three schools from another African country.
The programme involves Botswana, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the four countries of the UK.
Each partnership is entitled to £15,000 per year, for up to three years, to take part in study visits, to purchase materials, and meet certain other costs associated with the project. This might mean for example that each country cluster will use £5000 each year, but it will be up to the partnership to decide how best to manage the grant.
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