Indian link for Waid pupils

Class connections: Margo Christie with Kyle Dillon, Morgan Morris, Adam Coates, Emma Shilton and Shaunlee Ogilvy, who have taken part in the Skype chats. Pic: George McCluskie
Class connections: Margo Christie with Kyle Dillon, Morgan Morris, Adam Coates, Emma Shilton and Shaunlee Ogilvy, who have taken part in the Skype chats. Pic: George McCluskie

PUPILS at Waid Academy are to benefit from a new project which allows them to continue to connect with pupils in a different part of the world.

The Connecting Classrooms project, which was set up by the UK Government and British Council, enables schools in Britain to set up twinning links with international schools in order to boost global education.

The school has been in contact with KIIT World School in Delhi, India, to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy.

And now thanks to Connecting Classrooms, Margo Christie, international schools co-ordinator, will travel to India in October to learn about the different working practices in order to share ideas and collaborate activities.

Margo said: “Our schools have been working together for the last six months with a view to sharing ideas and opinions, understanding each others similarities and differences, respecting identities and empathising with others.

“We now have a fantastic opportunity through Connecting Classrooms to build a sustainable partnership with KIIT World School.”

She added: “We have already conducted a number of Skype chats with pupils at KIIT World School to talk about what we are both doing. This project is really important for the pupils at Waid because they can be opened up to a different way of life.

“The Skype sessions have been brilliant and all of the pupils have really got a lot out of them.”

As part of the project, Waid Academy will also welcome Rashmi Srivastava and Richa Verma from KIIT to the school next month. Margo says they plan to show them all the East Neuk has to offer, including the Isle of May and the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.

Pupil Morgan Morris says it is a great experience for all involved. “I am looking forward to sharing life experiences with different people in the world,” she added.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, said: “I am very pleased that Waid Academy is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world.

Young people and teachers can make a fantastic contribution by sharing the best of Britain with their peers around the world and at the same time, the great thing is that they can get invaluable knowledge of what life is like in other countries.”