Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools, designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally.
Over the last few years research and evidence has shown that the majority of education systems around the world, including in the UK, are not equipping young people with the skills they need in this rapidly changing environment.
The 2013-14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report stated that curriculums need to ensure that young people learn foundation skills (e.g. literacy and numeracy) in a manner that enhances transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and advocacy and conflict resolution in order to help them become responsible global citizens.
The new Connecting Classrooms programme aims to address this gap in global skills and will build the capacity of teachers to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, therefore improving learning outcomes for young people and enabling them to become more globally aware and globally competitive.
The programme, running from 2015-2018, will build the capacity of 45,000 teachers and 12,000 school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:
- Digital literacy
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and imagination
- Student leadership and personal development
- Communication and collaboration
Connecting Classrooms will aim to improve teaching in both the UK and other countries in the following key areas:
- Professional development for teachers and school leaders in over 30 countries including the UK;
- Sustainable partnerships between schools in the UK and over 30 countries in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and South and East Asia;
- Professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection and action;
- Awards to schools which are successful in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy;
- Online access to high quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes for young people.