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Schools praised for worldwide work
6:16pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
SCHOOLS from across County Durham have been recognised for their work with an international award.
Children’s author Anne Fine presented International School Awards to 42 schools from across the North-East at a special ceremony at the Tyneside Cinema, in Newcastle.
The awards were given to schools who offered their pupils a global learning experience, creating accredited links with other schools and pupils across the world, allowing young people to take part in meaningful projects with their international counterparts.
Winners of the award included Escomb Primary School, which has forged links with schools in Bangladesh, Tanzania and the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan which suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Also recognised were Durham Johnston School who, alongside their programme of exchanges with countries including France and Russia, recently won a competition to take their pupils to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The school is working with schools in Sri Lanka on a joint technology project to add to the project already completed with a cluster of schools based in India.
Miss Fine said: “In an increasingly complicated and interlinked world, it’s more and more important that our children are knowledgeable and curious about other cultures, rather than nervous of them.
“Fear so often stems from ignorance. So it’s lovely to be part of this celebration of the amazing work that the children of County Durham, and the North East as a whole, are doing to strengthen their international links, widen their horizons and deepen their understanding of the world they inherit.”
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