The Sister Schools Foundation is an international, educational, not-for-profit organization. The idea arose during a 'Training the Teacher' in Kenya (2018). Sarah Wanjira and Julia Strijland met during 21st century skills classes at a St. Elizabeth girls' high school. During the 'Problem Solving' lesson, the teachers came up with a solution to diminish the great inequality between schools in Europe and in the poorer areas in Kenya; a one-to-one connecting between schools on different continents could bring quality education, digital & media skills, citizenship and peer learning at reach for all schools and children.
After an initial pilot period, two Dutch schools and five Kenyan schools have joined the digital exchange programme, with a reach of 750 students, 20 teachers and four coordinators/trainers.
The foundation (March 9, 2021) makes it possible to establish a professional organization to achieve our goals. With low costs and a high impact, the organization focuses on organizing relevant, inclusive, qualitative and sustainable educational activities in the 21st century.
The Sister Schools network creates equal opportunities for quality education for all children worldwide by creating a Digital Educational Exchange Program (the DEEP platform). It is an educational program where students can learn from each other based on equality and tackle problems based on motivated responsibility. In order to make digital exchange possible between the schools and to build a long-term sustainable relation, the teachers and schools are supervised both technologically/practical and subject-related.
The intercultural exchange leads to new insights, is embedded locally and shared digitally with an international audience.
In Kenya Sister Schools works together with the trust 'DEEP-Kenya'. In Latin America a license agreement has been signed with Cross Cultural Bridges, a likeminded foundation in the Netherland.
In the future Sister Schools will expand the Sister Schools exchanges to other countries. The Headoffice can offer assistance in starting DEEP-trusts or NGO's with interested parties abroad.