About our National Schools Programme
There are many educational papers written on poverty and conflict, but none provides year on year development from reception age in primary school through to secondary, sixth form and university level. For us it’s about relationships.
We link the children from our projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East direct to our partner schools in the UK. This way learning becomes an interactive experience. It’s not about reading an account of a child’s experience, or receiving a picture of them year by year; it’s about seeing, visiting, and building friendships. Schools, classes and individuals can follow individual children from our projects across three continents; sharing what they hear about their lives, the issues they face – and see how the help they are providing make such a difference to them. It’s about seeing, visiting and building friendships.
For example, a UK primary school Year One class could be matched to a similar aged child/class abroad, and follow/ sponsor them. Both classes then progress through school together developing a deeper relationship year on year. When a primary school joins our NSP we automatically approach their local secondary school, to ensure the UK students’ learning is continuous . At Secondary school students get the chance to fly out and meet the children/ class they are linked with. This way they experience at first hand the issues they are facing and the difference their own contributions are making. Our aim is that by the time UK pupils leave school they will be more knowledgeable and empowered to continue to help others. Many overseas students from our programmes have gone on to become Edukid trustees, teachers, social workers, or to study International Development.
Each year we fly UK teachers/pupils out to our projects to make films and meet the children.They ask the questions they see as relevant, and these are used as learning resources back home. It gives a voice to children living in poverty and/or conflict. Our films, lesson plans and teaching resources are provided free of charge. We simply ask that you provide outlets for your students to express their emotions. This way they can channel their feelings in productive ways and feel empowered as opposed to disabled. In most cases pupils choose to do some kind of fundraising.
Through these responses we reach out to more children in our projects and are able to offer more learning opportunities to your school. The final point is an invitation. Please register with us on our website, or by completing the form at the rear of the brochure, so we can send you regular resources and films.