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It is not 'neocolonialist' to nurture these mutually useful links

At my large comprehensive school in a mainly monocultural part of the North East we work extremely hard to fight against prejudice and racism in everything we do.

Rather than our international links projects "fuelling pupils' racist beliefs", they break down barriers by allowing young people to meet, either virtually or in person, and to explore issues such as recycling, pollution, art and literacy.

True international work is about young people learning from each other. It is only by learning with other cultures and countries that we will truly have global schools.

Part of this is about charity. But rather than seeing this as a neocolonialist attempt to recreate the British Empire, it should be seen for what it actually is - young people acting as global citizens and trying, even in a small way, to make a difference to others.

Charte - www.tes.co.ukforums.

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