Seeking support for global education and school links to the wider world
Eight members of the Marlborough-based national charity BUILD will be meeting the schools’ minister, Nick Gibb, in London on September 12.
They will be discussing with him the importance of global education in the school curriculum and how the role of partnerships between school in the UK and schools in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean contributes to children’s education.
Claire Perry, MP for the Devizes constituency, will be attending the meeting in her role as the chair of the all-party parliamentary group Connecting Communities.
BUILD – which stands for “building understanding through international links for development” – is a national charity which promotes the importance of educating young people to understand the global context in which we are all living, our interdependence and how actions taken in the north can affect people in the south, and vice versa.
There are now about 4,000 partnerships between schools in the UK and in Africa. They involve exchange visits and innovative curriculum work – involving climate change, cultural and religious differences, and such simple things as the impact of the differing journeys children make to get to school.
Looking ahead to the meeting, Nick Maurice, BUILD’s director, said: “We hope that the minister will appreciate the importance of development education in schools and continue to support it.”
This meeting comes at a time when development education has received support from the Department for International Development, but when the education secretary, Michael Gove, wants to restrict schools to fewer and more academic subjects and to do away with course work for GCSE students.