School wins cash to strengthen Ugandan links

Oxford Mail: Sibford School teacher Edward Rossiter shows pupils Spencer Farley, 12, Lizzy Hudson, 11, and Jess Edwards, 13, Uganda, where Mbarara Preparatory School is located Buy this photo » Sibford School teacher Edward Rossiter shows pupils Spencer Farley, 12, Lizzy Hudson, 11, and Jess Edwards, 13, Uganda, where Mbarara Preparatory School is located

A school has won funding to take part in an initiative bringing together teachers from both sides of the globe.

In 2005, Sibford School, in Sibford Ferris, near Banbury, won funding from the British Council to take part in a twinning programme with Mbarara Preparatory School in Western Uganda.

But after five years, numerous exchanges between teachers from both schools, and a visit by sixth form pupils in Banbury to Uganda, funding was no longer available.

The two fee-paying schools remained in touch and now Sibford has been awarded an annual grant of £1,500 to help further links as part of the new Connecting Classrooms initiative — a UK Government and British Council education programme aimed at linking schools around the world.

Sibford junior school teacher Edward Rossiter, who visited the school with sixth form pupils in 2010, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to share teaching practices.

“It’s very easy to think we are in the developed world and we have got these things sorted out, but when you see the standard of education that takes place and the quality of education and learning it is eye-opening given the shortage of resources.”

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