Scottish pupils celebrate global friendships

Collegi Sagrada Familia in Spain, twinned with Shawlands Academy in Glasgow Collegi Sagrada Familia in Spain, twinned with Shawlands Academy in Glasgow

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Schools from throughout Scotland have been sharing their experiences of linking with other schools around the world.

BBC World Class gave four Scottish schools the chance to discuss their international school twinning projects on BBC Scotland's MacAulay and Co show.

The broadcasts were timed to mark International Education Week (IEW), a British Council-led event celebrating international initiatives between schools.

The schools also took part in a series of daily IEW discussions hosted by BBC World Class, in which they debated various issues with other pupils online around the world.

International Education Week

  • A British Council initiative celebrating international education in the UK
  • 'Use your voice' was this years theme
  • BBC World Class held a debate each day to help pupils have their say

On Monday, Dairsie Primary School in Fife held a talent competition to raise money for their partner school, Mgungani Primary School in Tanzania.

Pupils discussed the partnership on air, and were joined by teacher Ms Lonie, who was fresh from a personal visit to the school.

Tuesday saw young leaders from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow speak about their own international partnerships.

One of their partner schools, Collegi Sagrada Familia from Barcelona, Spain, were listening to the show - and were delighted to get a shout out from the MacAulay and Co team.

Both schools then joined the day's online forum with BBC World Class, and talked about their relationship with other schools around the world.

Shawlands pupils discussed their partnership online with schools across the globe - including Wunshan Senior High School in Taiwan Shawlands pupils discussed their partnership online with schools across the globe - including Wunshan Senior High School in Taiwan

Shawlands pupils revealed that "Sagrada Familia pupils came over to our school two weeks ago and went to classes with us - they were surprised by how big our school is!"

And in return Collegi Sagrada Familia shared their views on the visit: "When we visited Shawlands we realised that you paid a lot of attention to these small details.

"We learned a lot. We liked the way you work in groups and we are trying to do that here."

On Wednesday, Lumsden Primary School in Aberdeen spoke about their partnership with Kinumi Primary School in Uganda, and their recent 'Ugandan experience day'.

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It gave us a new appreciation for what we have here at home”

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Their head teacher, Ms Thomson, also spoke about time she recently spent in Uganda with their partner school - and recalled a run-in with a local goat!

The pupils taught MacAulay and Co reporter Richard Cadey how to speak in Ugandan regional dialect, and sang a traditional Ugandan song.

Thursday saw young sports ambassadors from Calderglen High School in Glasgow and their teacher Ms Watters speaking on air about their partnership and visits to Mountview School in Cape Town, South Africa.

The link has been particularly effective at developing young sports leaders in Cape Town, an area with no qualified physical education teachers. The young sports ambassadors had this to say:

Pupils from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India took park in the live World Class debates Pupils from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India, who joined Scottish schools in the BBC World Class IEW online debates

"A lot of us went out there to play basketball with the school and we taught the pupils there the basics - hopefully they can still use these skills now we are gone.

"The pupils in Mount View are all very grateful that they're getting the chance to go to school and it gave us a new appreciation for what we have here at home."

The four Scottish schools involved during the week all commented on how they valued and enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate their special international relationships.

To find out more about BBC World Class online debates, visit bbc.co.uk/worldclass.

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