More funding –
more grants for schools!
“An inspirational way of
building links between the
UK and schools in developing
countries.” This is how the
Secretary of State for
Hilary Benn, described DFID
Global School Partnerships
recently when he announced
increased funding for the
programme. £4.25m of
funding from 1 April 2006 to
31 December 2007 has been
awarded, which will provide
510 Reciprocal Visit Grants
and 90 Global Curriculum
Grants. We are encouraging
schools to apply for grants to
support their partnerships by
holding grant preparation
seminars across the UK.
What are DFID Global School What funding is available?
We promote partnerships between schools in the UK and schools We can provide grants to pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools
in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. We give grants, and sixth form colleges. Reciprocal Visit Grants cover the cost of one
guidance and professional development opportunities to schools teacher from each school to visit their partner school and plan joint
using partnerships to develop a global dimension in the curriculum. curricular projects. Global Curriculum Grants enable partnerships to
We support partnerships that embed issues such as global citizenship, develop these projects across a range of subjects. In the current round of
social justice, human rights and sustainable development in joint funding the deadlines for applying are 1 November 2006 and 1 May 2007
curricular projects. These partnerships have proved a creative and for Reciprocal Visit Grants and 1 March 2007 for Global Curriculum Grants.
effective way to change attitudes, raise awareness and engage Our grant preparation seminars can help schools apply for these
young people in these issues. awards. The next round of seminars will be held in Edinburgh (14
As one teacher in India put it: “Our partnership has been a September 2006), Belfast (28 September), London (4 October) and
cornerstone for both our schools. We appreciate the benefits Llandrindod Wells (6 October).
of fostering bonds of friendship between future citizens of the We also run professional development workshops. Topics include:
world, who need to appreciate and respect each other more An Introduction to Global School Partnerships, Building Effective
than ever before.” Partnerships and A Global Dimension in the Curriculum.
How can I find out more?
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 0131 524 5786
Alternatively, visit www.britishcouncil.org/globalschools
for more details, application forms and guidance.
DFID Global School Partnerships is a consortium initiative of the
British Council, Cambridge Education Foundation, UK One World
Linking Association and Voluntary Service Overseas, funded by the
Department for International Development.