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Link Ethiopia’s collection of FREE curriculum focused teaching resources brings Ethiopia and Africa to life, and is a great way to introduce some global learning into your school classroom!

We hope you find these useful. Get in contact if you have any questions or if you could help us develop our range of resources.

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  • How I feel about school

    How I feel about school

    Students think about what they like and dislike about going to school and swap this information with students at their link school. Use the responses to discuss similarities and differences.

    Early Years: You might like to have similar discussions with your students as outlined in the lesson plan for KS1/2 students but just simplify the shared learning activity by asking students to draw a picture of their favourite activity.

  • Linking Resources

    Linking Resources

    This section includes all the important information and resources you will need if you and your school are a part of our school link programme. We at Link Ethiopia are here to help you every step of the way.

  • Taking Action

    Taking Action

    One of the central aims of a link is to give young people in both schools the chance to take action to improve their world. Your link will provide opportunities to learn about different issues which your students may wish to address. These could include fundraising, campaigning or action on themes such as fair trade or the environment.

    Here is a PowerPoint guide to different ways of taking action and to the benefits and pitfalls of fundraising within your link, with advice on how to make it a learning opportunity and avoid mixed messages and stereotyping.

  • Working Together

    Working Together

    We live in an interconnected world and many of the problems we face are global problems. Taking action together with young people in another country can be a powerful way to highlight this and make a real change. Examples of ways you could work together with your link school include:

    – fundraising together towards the same project, for example by making items in each country for sale to raise money

    – campaigning together by writing joint messages to politicians and businesses

    – swapping information about environmental issues in both your schools and sharing solutions

  • HIV (myths and taboos) Activities

    HIV (myths and taboos) Activities

    This section provides several Topic for Exchange activities related to HIV.

    • Students work in groups to devise a short play exploring issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. The play is performed and then swapped with your link school.
    • Students discuss attitudes towards HIV in the UK, focusing on myths and taboos surrounding it. They capture their discussion in an appropriate way which is then swapped with your partner school. Materials from your partner school are then used as the basis for a discussion around differences and similarities exist in the UK and Ethiopia around attitudes to HIV.
    • Students design a campaign to spread health messages around HIV. They create blank posters with slogans for your link school. These posters are then swapped, illustrated and displayed.
  • Video Exchange

    Video Exchange

    At KS1/KS2 level: The aim of the exchange is to share traditional or contemporary songs and dance from the UK, performed by your students. The format is up to you and could be anything from singing nursery rhymes, hymns or pop songs to performances of contemporary dance or ballet.
    At KS3/KS4 level: The aim of the exchange is to ask and respond to some questions from a group of students at your partner school.

    Here are some guidelines:

    – Please keep videos relatively short – we suggest no longer than 15 minutes.
    – KS1/KS2: Include an introduction about the song/dance you have chosen, what it means and why you have chosen it.
    – KS3/KS4: Discuss questions you would like to ask students at your link school. Decide on the best five questions and record these.
    – You may also like to include a brief message to your link school and few clips of general school life.

    Please send your video on DVD or CD to your relevant Ethiopian office as with letters. Please keep [email protected] informed when you have done so.

    This video will be sent to Ethiopia and shown by our staff to students at your link school. Our staff will also work with students there to record some performances of Ethiopian traditional dance and songs for your school.

  • Health Activities

    Health Activities

    This section provides several Topic for Exchange activities related to Health.

    • Students design blank posters with health slogans on them.
      Posters are then swapped with your link school, illustrated and displayed.
    • Students investigate what constitutes a healthy diet and keep a food diary. Use this information to create a display for your link school, which can be swapped and investigated.
    • As part of a healthy lifestyle, students try out a traditional Ethiopian sport called ‘Genna’, whilst Ethiopian pupils learn how to play Touch Rugby.
  • Our Local Environment

    Our Local Environment

    This resource allows students to investigate their local environment and learn about the plants and animals that live there. After considering their response to the environment, how it makes them feel and why it is important to look after it, they can then create a display about their local environment and fill in an ‘exchange sheet’ in order to share ideas with students at their link school.

  • British Council – Teaching and Learning

    British Council – Teaching and Learning

    This document highlights some of the global dimension work that is happening in partnership classrooms. The guide has dozens of ideas for linking activtivies for various subjects.

  • Focus on Climate Change

    Focus on Climate Change

    Climate change is arguably the most serious and pressing issue currently facing us. Climate change affects everyone around the world, regardless of country. As such, it makes an excellent topic for investigation and topic for exchange as part of your school link.

    Our climate change related resources encourage students to explore the causes and effects of climate change around the world. Students will gain an understanding that different countries will be affected differently by climate change and will gain awareness of their own role in climate change and investigate their responsibilities towards the environment.

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