TEACHERS are travelling overseas to forge links with schools, colleagues and students in Asia.
Miss Sumudu Seneviratne, a teacher from Sri Lanka, visited schools in Flintshire this week.
Later this month, teachers from Flintshire schools will make their own trip to Anuradhapura region of Sri Lanka.
Chris Jones, who is head of religious studies at Elfed High School in Buckley, is one of those who will visit Sri Lanka as part of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ initiative.
Mr Jones, who will be visiting St Joseph’s College, said. “The visit will allow me to work with other teachers in the school, share good practice, talk to staff and students about life in British schools and bring away ideas I can use in my own teaching.
“Through the partnership, students and teachers at both schools will work together on classroom-based projects on topics including the environment, geography, religion and culture.
“The activities aim to broaden international horizons, increase motivation in the classroom and prepare young people for life in a global society.
“Through learning about their partners’ lives and culture, pupils and teachers from both Elfed High School and St Joseph’s College will also learn about their own communities, heritage and identity, working with parents and local community groups.”
Elfed headteacher Rosemary Jones said: “This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen links with our partner school in Sri Lanka and allows Elfed High School to grow stronger as an outstanding learning community.”
The exchange had been made possible because of British Council funding and the support of Elfed High School.