Group of people
from the left Colin Evans (Head Teacher, Halfway Community Primary school); Morland Wilson (Project Manager, British Council Jamaica); Kadeon Richards (Project Manager in Education, British Council Jamaica) and Julian Littler (Head Teacher, Stebonheath Community Primary school). Missing is Matthew Harries (Head Teacher, Fenton Community Primary school)

British Council Jamaica hosts Welch team visiting for schools’ partnership

With an expansion of the network of schools’ partnerships between Jamaica and the UK, three head teachers from Wales visited schools in different parts of Jamaica for one week. The schools involved on these partnerships are linked through the Connecting Classrooms programme. Involved in new partnerships are Riverside All Age, Drapers All Age and Rousseau Primary in Jamaica linked with Halfway C.P. School, Fenton Community Primary School and Stebonheath Community Primary School in Wales, respectively.

The visit highlighted the British-Jamaica historical connection with similar school structure, curriculum and even textbook. With the three head teachers visiting all three Jamaican schools in the partnership they noted the disparities between the urban and rural schools as well as the environmental differences of the schools. The schools discussed the reciprocal visit of the Jamaican team of teachers to Wales and the development of their projects which is centred on sustainable living.

During a small meeting with the British Council team, the Welch team expressed delight with the visit: - spending time in the schools, having meetings with the teachers and interacting with the students as well as persons around the school community. Though the visit came to an end the schools have expressed strong commitment to sustaining long term partnership.