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School Linking - where next?

Bourn, D; Cara, O; (2013) School Linking - where next? (Development Education Research Centre Research Reports 10 , pp. pp. 1-75 ). Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, University College London in partnership with Link Community Development: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Linking between schools in the UK and schools in sub-Saharan Africa has been a feature of the educational landscape for more than twenty years, but became a government priority between 2000 and 2010. Whilst the interest in Ireland was less, both countries resourced linking programmes primarily as a means of raising awareness of development issues. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also became involved in school linking during the first decade of the twenty first century with Plan UK and Link Community Development (Link) being the leading organisations in this field. However due to funding constraints and change in UK government policy post 2010, both of these NGOs ended their linking programmes in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Link’s involvement in school linking came from a development perspective; links were primarily seen as a mechanism for improving schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Development education only became a main feature of their linking programme with their European Union funded project, Partners in Development (PiD), which ran from 2010 to 2012. This project was funded from a development awareness budget line, but the NGO’s proposal included development goals within the project. This became a major source of tension that was unresolved throughout the life of the project. This report is an evaluation of the Partners in Development project that was based on linking schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with schools in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and South Africa. The evidence gathered was based on a combination of quantitative based questionnaires, interviews with key staff within Link and in-depth data gathered from a number of schools in Scotland.

Type: Report
Title: School Linking - where next?
ISBN-13: 9780957454620
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-centres/cent...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Development Education Research Centre and Link Community Development 2013.
Keywords: School linking, development education, educational development
UCL classification: UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489790
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