A CHESTER school is continuing to forge strong links with other parts of the world.
Upton High School has been working in partnership with Al Khansa’a School and Al Tabari School in Sana’a, capital of the Yemen, as part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms UK – Middle East Programme.
The programme aims to enhance mutual awareness and understanding among student peers – particularly the 11-14 age group - and their schools and families, and to break down stereotypes and uninformed negative perceptions.
Assistant head Sylvie Beuzit visited Sana’a in March and developed a project plan with Jamila Rajeh and Jalal Al Nethari, both teachers of English.
The first part of the project on global citizenship involved more than 100 Year 8 pupils at Upton who produced photo albums of their school during their ICT lessons.
This has been made even more relevant by the visit of Miss Rajeh and Mr Al Nethari to Chester when they visited the school and met pupils and staff.
Headteacher Jane Holland said: “It has been an outstanding learning experience for our young people and will inevitably contribute to a deeper understanding between students from different cultures.
“The project now continues and will be embedded in the curriculum of English and religious studies.
In the next academic year, it will develop into an environmental project where we hope to further develop our collaboration.”