TWO schools with global links have been handed a prestigious award for teaching pupils about different cultures and the wider world.
Awsworth Primary School has been given the International School Award for the second time for the work it does with partner schools in India and Mexico
The school has been involved in two exchange visits where teachers from India and Mexico have come to Awsworth to teach the children their language and more about their cultures.
Headteacher Jane Mainprize, said: “We are all really proud of the school’s achievement in being presented with this prestigious award for the second time.
“You can read about it all in books and on television, but it’s culturally enriching when you have people here first hand. It enhances the children’s learning.”
Pupils have also spoken to children at their partner schools via Skype video phone calls over the internet.
“It’s good for the children to speak to the other pupils and see them on video at the same time,” Mrs Mainprize said.
“Modern technology is great for that. It makes it much more realistic and closer to home.”
The school was first given the award in 2008 when it launched its links abroad.
Meanwhile, St John Houghton RC School in Kirk Hallam has received its award for its links with nine schools in the United Arab Emirates.
Teacher John Quinn said: “This prestigious award and has come about due to the hard work of both staff and students in the development of curriculum initiatives across a wide range of subjects and involves partner schools in other parts of the world.”
The award from the British Council is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, and Pakistan as part of its Connecting Classrooms programme.
John Rolfe from the council said: “The schools’ inspirational work is vital preparation for all our young people, helping them to better understand their place in the world.”