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Thursday Dec 9th 2021

Global School Partnership CPD


GCE and Global School Partnerships Approach

A Global School Partnership (GSP) is a relationship between a school in Ireland and a counterpart school in the Global South that is based on joint learning, equity and respect


  • NGO Funding for Teacher exchange visits (must include a reciprocal visit in second funding application and leave one year break)
  • Schools can apply for up to €300 for GSP Projects (materials and postage for joint learning projects, communication upgrades, books, money to facilitate partner school engagement)
  • Not supporting student travel – capacity issue to ensure that teachers have adequate support to undertake quality projects
  • Training – Focusing on critical engagement - 1 per year including teacher input
  • Education Officer Support – tailored support & guidance
  • Network Support – support schools implementing pre & post training for trips
  • Partnership Guide – supports schools developing a partnership agreement

WWGS and Global School Partnerships (GSP)

Let's connect!

-Type of school partnership you are involved in, or hope to become involved in-Who, in the school community, is/will be involved in the partnership-Where the school is located (urban/rural) -What type of collaborative activities do both schools engage in.-What is your vision for your school partnership project? -What are you hoping to get out of today?

ZOOM REACTIONS Global School Partnerships are about making our students realise how lucky they are GLOBAL SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS are about education, not charity GLOBAL SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS are of more benefit to our students

Critical Engagement: Classroom Scaffolding for Global School Partnerships

Live Aid Legacy

Exploring Stereotypes & Dignity

The danger of a single story

  • Developing & Developed World
  • Global North & Global South
  • First World & Third World
  • Minority & Majority World
What are the value implications of each?


My Worldview…Unlearning and reconstructing How might our surroundings/geographical context influence our worldview?? What might be our hidden influences?

Comhlámh:volunteering overseas

Radi- Aid Social Media Guide

Dochas Code of Images and Messages

Charity Approach to Solidarity Approach

Teacher Input: Claire Ní Chanainn Implementing Global School Partnerships in practice

  1. Preparation (WHY, aims, school, demographic, age)
  2. Plan a GSP agreement between schools
  3. Establish cross curricular links/shared learning project/s
  4. Ensure that education, not charity and justice, are the aim of GSPs
  5. Develop student/teacher/school awareness
>Scaffold learning >Challenge own worldview, stereotypes, language >Create space for unlearning and reconstructing

Stage 1- Practical planning

Stage 2 – Developing a Partnership Project

Considering the partnership under the following headings:

  • Our school
  • Their school
  • Continued actions/ activities
  • Motivation – teachers and students
  • Communication: How will we continue communication? 2 way street!
  • File sharing- we transfer https://wetransfer.com/
  • Time- timetable/ timescale expectations

Stage 3 – Sustaining the Partnership

Thank you!