Internationalisation in education

School signs in to an interactive 2 year programme at which the learners interact with their counterparts on a different continent. Once signed up as Sister School you will be part of a global community, enabling education for ALL children worlwide.

The Digital Educational Exchange Programme (DEEP) consists of three blocks of six weeks (18 lessons) per schoolyear. Pupils work during schooltime on intercultural projects and digitally exchange the results with their Sister School. The connection with the Sister School creates the possibility to look at live from different perspectives and helps to avoid polarisation and inequality.

During a two year programme pupils learn from each other exchanging their thoughts, skills and knowledge on subjects that matter to them. They will improve their digital- & mediaskills, intercultural collaboration skills and participate on projects directly related to improve their living- and learning environment.

Parents and other stakeholders in- and around the schools will also be activated to join and participate in some of the projects. In this way we create local learning communities around the Sister Schools, which will help them to improve their educational standards.

Programme content

The slogan connect - communicate - commit is at the center of the programme and starts with establishing a good connection and set up communication possibilities. Good communication is indispensable to live a happy life and be succesful in what you do. It requires self-insight, listening and attentive ability, empathy and attention for the other and the will to create content that connects with the listener. With this programme pupils learn to communicate effectively with a project-based method. They learn by doing and with formative assessments they themselves can see and measure their progress.

The first block focuses on getting to know each other, they create a poster about the other country, what they already know, what they think to know and information they can find online. They think and discuss about concepts as 'the single story', 'identity' and 'culture' and get acquainted with problem solving. Speaking about differences and similarities will open up their world views and create new knowledge, skills and competencies.

In the following lesson blocks schools can choose from a variety of themes and subjects e.g. a clean & safe living environment, a healthy life, (gender) equality, active participation & democracy (citizenship), nature & sustainability, etcetera.

— Education

The following 21st-century skills will get strengthened in the several assignments the children will do during this programme: problem-solving, digital & media skills, critical thinking, intercultural communication, self-regulation, creativity and collaboration. Furthermore, since the programme is in English, the children will learn to communicate in English in a playful way. The following life-skills will be developed: flexibility & adaptability, health & sanitaion, Initiative & innovation, local community building, social-emotional skills, productivity, leadership, entrepreneurships & citizenship.

— Government

In most countries, schools work with a national curriculum. Pupils have to make their exams and after getting their scores they either pass or fail. The attitude towards this model of education is changing rapidly. What we learn, how we learn and why we learn are not anymore in line with what the children nowadays need. To become successful and happy citizens in the 21st century we need to change what and how we teach.

Therefor Sister Schools works together with educational institutions and organisations who are shaping the future of education. Collaborating world wide we can make a difference in the lives of children.