Go global with Make the Link

27th May 2005 at 01:00
There can be few better examples of global citizenship in action than the international response to the Asian tsunami disaster on Boxing Day. It was heart-warming to see Britain's schools and colleges play a leading role in the aid effort, raising millions and in many cases offering personal help and support to schools devastated by the floods.

In our increasingly wired-up world a catastrophe in a far-away ocean can become a spark that fires a whole generation of children and young people into action, tapping into their natural sense of justice and compassion for human suffering. At a time when they show little interest in party politics, our young generation is more concerned about the people of the world and global issues than ever before.

With this in mind The TES - in partnership with the British Council and sponsors HSBC - today launches our Make the Link awards, which we hope will encourage pupils and students to become active global citizens by developing links with schools in other countries. That link might be with the emerging world - in Africa, for example, or the Indian Ocean - or with a school or college in the rich countries of Europe, America or the Far East. The awards, we hope, will help the new subject of citizenship take root and flourish in our schools. This is your chance to show how, with a partner school or college in another country, children can work together to support each other, promoting mutual understanding and a knowledge of human rights.

We would also like to hear how schools have used overseas links to create a positive ethos and strengthen ties with their local communities, particularly those with cultural links to other countries. In addition, the awards will focus on the rich potential for innovative teaching and learning projects right across the curriculum. So, whether yours is a state-of-the-art technology college using the superhighway to communicate with students in Japan, for example, or a rural primary engaged in a joint farming project with children in Uganda, we would like to hear from you.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today