European students explore multicultural London on exchange with Barking school

Barking Abbey pupils meet with international exchange students from four European countries

Barking Abbey pupils meet with international exchange students from four European countries - Credit: Archant

Pupils and teachers from across Europe were united in learning as part of a two-year exchange project aimed at broadening minds.

The Comenius Project exchange programme saw children from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Finland gather at Barking Abbey School in Sandringham Road for a week of lessons and activities exploring multicultural London.

The European-wide programme is funded by the British Council and aims to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages.

“We need to be very forward thinking and understand that many of our students will be working and studying outside of the UK in future,” said the school’s international coordinator Manju Nair.

“This project is a way of preparing them for having the skills that they need to live and work with other people.”

Visiting pupils stayed with the families of English schoolchildren and returned home on Monday, February 1. The schools will meet again in Finland, in April, for the last time.