Connecting Classrooms Project: Introduction

LIMS makes all efforts to provide education at most modern lines, as distances are shrinking and the world is becoming a global village. Children of today as adults of tomorrow will also be interacting and contributing internationally. In order to provide them an opportunity to understand other cultures and to  project and promote their own cultural values and practices, LIMS has entered into a local and international partnership with the facilitation of the British Council, through a project known as Connecting Classrooms.

Connecting classrooms, has linked a cluster of schools from United Kingdom with a cluster of Schools at Pakistan, for joint curricular activities. The UK cluster includes 3 schools of Bradford: Feversham College, Frizing Hall Primary School, and Green Lane Primary School.(During the 2nd year another Secondary Boys' school will also join). The PK cluster includes 5 schools of Peshawar, 3 from the Public Sector, one from Private Sector and one Madrassah, (the Faith school), namely Lady Griffith Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Government Girls Jamrud FATA, PAF Government Boys' Shaheen camp School, LIMS Hayatabad, and Jamia e Usmania respectively.

The Project will focus upon developing and implementing curriculum based activities, incorporating three overarching themes  during three years including: Inter cultural dialogue, active Citizenship, and skills for employment. During the first year students exchanged their personal profiles and that of their schools and country, with photographs and CDs. They also exchanged their perceptions about different aspects of life of each other's country. The profiles and the perceptions were shared first with in the cluster locally and then with the counterparts at UK. This was followed by the exchange of comments on each other's perceptions and depictions to correct the incorrect and stereotype impressions.

Interaction with in the cluster of schools of different streams is facilitating learning from each other locally, whereas learning at international level is giving a new dimension to educational activities. The display boards with the work of the students of UK in Pakistani schools and that of Pakistani students at UK schools, is very motivating and interesting for the students in general. Training of teachers involved in the CC project and exchange visits of the faculty members, are expected to contribute indirectly in improving the standard of teaching-learning. It is being realized that  students irrespective of the geographical existence are alike, and people of both countries can learn a lot from each other. CC experience has made British friends express that people of UK can learn from Pakistan the ability to teach in very large classrooms with limited resources, hospitality and students' ability to be multilingual right from a very tender age. Whereas values and practices like punctuality, professional commitment, and activity based learning are being aspired to be learned from our UK friends.