HEC Global Learning Centre, based in London, promotes the values, aims and principles of global learning through all areas of education. Working to support schools in Tower Hamlets and across London, we work collaboratively and as a part of wider networks, to develop global learning in schools and communities. The Tower Hamlets Linking Project began in Summer Term 2018, with our first full linking year being the academic year 2018-19. This school year, 2019/2020 will be our second year we have a fabulous 18 classes involved in linking this year.
Our work at HEC Global Learning Centre focuses on local action for justice and sustainability in an increasingly interconnected globe. We work within and between schools to create collaborative, creative spaces where such action and conversation is led by children. Linking schools to this end has enhanced our practice, so that schools actually work together towards a common goal, rather than working in silos.
We are delighted to be continuing the Tower Hamlets Linking Project, with nearly 400 local children and their teachers benefitting from the work. Our programme links a range of settings including infant and nursery children, primary pupils and special needs students. The idea for linking special schools with mainstream schools came about as a result of discovering a hate crime statistic in Tower Hamlets –in 2017, 27 crimes were committed against disabled people. We felt that we must respond to this statistic positively and constructively, hence the idea to link schools. Our linking is going from strength to strength and we are excited to be engaging even more special needs students and teachers in the 2019-20 academic year
Furthermore, we recently learned that there is an increase in applications to mainstream schools from special needs students. Teachers in mainstream schools would therefore benefit from the knowledge and expertise of teachers who work with special needs children. Learn more about our special schools linking here.
As an organisation that embraces diversity, we see it as our duty to come together to build a community that integrates different needs and abilities. Our challenge is to do this with criticality, so that we are not perpetuating a charity mentality. Rather, we are looking to engender an appreciation for the different ways each of us inhabits our shared world. Equally, we believe that everyone has something to offer when they are enabled, rather than disabled, by society.
This year our focus is Story-telling for a Digital World. We are very excited to be using artists for the Neutral Venue visits to explore identity, community and belonging through a digital lens. Our linked classes will begin this exploration by making a video to exchange called ‘The Story of Us’.
‘Our children share the locality they inhabit. Linking has brought them into a space that uncovers the wealth of intangible diversity within this locality– the diversity of world views, of multiple solutions to a problem, of forms of self-expression.’
Alia Al Zougbi, Head of HEC Global Learning Centre
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