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BRITISH TEACHERS TO GO ON THIRD WORLD SABBATICALS

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British schools are to be given government funds to 'twin' with remote rural classrooms in some of the porest count...
British schools are to be given government funds to 'twin' with remote rural classrooms in some of the porest countries in the world, reported The Independent on Sunday (p8). The initiative, announced at the weekend by International Development Secretary Clare Short, will allow British teachers to spend a sabbatical in classrooms from Bangladesh to Mozambique.

The British teachers will be taught how to integrate overseas themes - from poverty to wildlife conservation and Third World music and art - into the national curriculum, said Ms Short, speaking at the annual conference of the Secondary Heads Association in Brighton.

Her department is to give£1,000 grants to UK teachers to cover air fares as part of an£8m budget earmarked for development education. Research by the department has shown that 2,000 schools already want to form partnerships with the Third World.

The move follows a series of pilot projects run by the British Council which has helped schools set up exchanges, e-mail links and pen pal projects with pupils in the Third World. One school in Castle

Cary, Somerset, has successfully twinned with a school in Zambia.
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