What is a school link?

A school link is a partnership between a Flemish school and a school in the South. It’s an ideal instrument to sensitise the students about local and global problems, to work on the professionalisation of teachers and express a feeling of solidarity.

Activities with the students

A school link offers an ideal framework to develop world citizenship and international capabilities. Through the partner school you have direct access to another continent. The world comes alive in the classroom.

A school link presents opportunities to learn about each other (immersion), to learn from each other (exchange) and to learn with each other (cooperation)!

The start up of a school link is a good reason to thoroughly examine another country. In which continent, region and environment is the school situated? Which languages are being spoken? Which music and dishes are being put on their  wishlist by the children there?

In a school link students can ask questions directly to their peers. This way students get to know a lot about real life in the partner school and conversely.

Working on common projects is also possible. Classes are writing stories together or search together for the answer to mathematical questions.

Professionalisation of teachers

Many schools in the South are demanding not only to emphasise the exchange between students but also the exchange between teachers.

A school link offers opportuniteis to respond to this.Why don’t you inspire your colleague with your teaching approach, why don’t you coach him or her with new activating forms of work or why don’t you sunpport him in the use of the computer in the classroom? Why as a director don’t you participate in the reflexion concerning the improvement in the management capabilities of the school? Why don’t you indeed share your own experiences?

At the same time this focus on professional development is very enriching for the Flemish teachers and diretors. The confrontation with a different teaching reality and the exchange with an outsider can offer new insights in your own work and habits.

Solidarity actions

When students and teachers learn about the injustices in the world or when they study more closely the biased relationships between North and South, they will ‘almost automatically’ resort to action. Children also need this in order not to be left behind with an unsatisfied feeling.

This need for action can take different forms of expression. The most wellknown sensibilisation activities are petitions and letter writing actions. But schools also often get involved with fund raising. It is not illogical that one partner helps the other whenever needed, on condition that the help takes place within the framework of a broader (educational) whole. The financial aspects can also never become the central element in the cooperation and equivalence has to be pursued.