Thames Junior School reaches out to Africa
PUBLISHED: 16:13 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010
A BARKING school has become one of the first to join a project to link pupils from the UK to the world s poorest areas. Pupils at Thames View Junior, in Bastable Avenue, will forge ties with a school in Africa.
A BARKING school has become one of the first to join a project to link pupils from the UK to the world's poorest areas.
Pupils at Thames View Junior, in Bastable Avenue, will forge ties with a school in Africa.
Children's charity Plan has devised the project to help meet the UK government targets of international links for schools and boost education standards in the developing world.
Run by experienced teachers at Plan, it aims to bring 2,000 schools in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK together in the next 5 years.
Human Rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also in favour of school linking, he said: "It is a positive step towards building understanding between children in the world."
Plan UK's school linking manager, Susan Evans said: "It's the most ambitious and detailed project of its kind, it could help students and teachers in the UK and overseas to gain experience."
The project for the Barking Junior school will be activity based, although their project is in early stages, as they have just signed up, they will for example be taking part in writing half of a story and sending it over to their correspondence in Africa so they can do the second half.
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