TEACHERS from foreign climes have forged new connections with Hartlepool schools in two successful exchange schemes.
Teachers from Vietnam and Thailand travelled to Hartlepool to visit a number of town schools to share teaching tips and create a better understanding of different cultures.
They spent time at High Tunstall College of Science to plan future joint projects as part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme.
In another project, two teachers from India spent last week at St Bega’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, Hartlepool.
Visitors Hira Prasad and Rita Sethia, from a school in Kolkata, have led lessons on Indian culture, yoga and cookery.
High Tunstall is one of four town schools involved in the Connecting Classrooms programme, along with Eldon Grove Primary School, English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Throston Primary School.
Partnership coordinator, John Coley at High Tunstall, said: “We are very excited about this wonderful opportunity to broaden our students’ understanding of other cultures.
“We want to establish our students as responsible global citizens who possess an international outlook.
“In today’s global economy it is vital that students are equipped with linguistic skills, cultural awareness and intercultural understanding and as teachers we are passionate about helping our students along this path.”
The visiting teachers will observe lessons and work with the schools on joint projects on topics including climate change.
The Connecting Classrooms initiative launched last year and has connected hundreds of UK schools with counterparts in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The St Bega’s visit has also been hailed a success.
Teacher Andrew Ruffell said: “It’s been fantastic. The children have loved it.
“It’s been great to share some of the cultural differences and strengths.”
At least one St Bega’s teacher will travel to a school in India next year as part of the project.