What is School Linking?

Link Ethiopia has run a successful school linking programme for twenty years. Its our lifeblood. We invite schools to join us in changing lives through education by engaging and challenging young people to learn more about the world around them.

A school link is a sustainable partnership that a primary or secondary school (or college) enters into with a like-minded school in Ethiopia. Each link is focused on your goals and needs, and Link Ethiopia works to support and sustain the collaborative work, commitments, ideas, goals and and experiences between the schools and individuals involved.

Start your link journey today – contact [email protected].

What are the benefits of School Linking?

Linking encourages your pupils to appreciate diversity both locally and globally and challenge stereotypes. The UK needs Global Citizens and we encourage all schools and young people to engage in a meaningful, sustainable and equitable relationship with their Link partners.

Engaging young people

Linking offers a unique opportunity to

  • communicate with and learn from young people of a very different culture
  • study real-life case studies that integrate fully with Geography, PSHE, Economics, Citizenship, RE and other subjects
  • forge friendships
  • build international bridges
  • learn alternative values and skill-sets
  • develop students personal pride, self-esteem and personal growth

Teacher Development

Teachers have ample opportunity for personal & professional development:

  • Visit your partner school to work on joint projects, further develop friendships and experience Ethiopia first-hand.
  • Learn about communicating a message, fundraising methods and more.
  • Participate in accredited training workshops with partners like the British Council.
  • Join the Global Learning Programme and access the professional development e-credits.

Performance

Parents can see a real focus in school fundraising efforts, and School Inspectors have been full of praise for the global learning support and scope. Linking can:

  • Improve SATs and GCSE results
  • Help develop strong student and staff leadership
  • Really engage young people, including students with emotional behavioral and social challenges
  • Contribute towards teacher development
  • Increase class discussions

WHAT DO OUR LINK SCHOOLS SAY?

Don’t just take our word for it – we have been working with schools across the UK for over 20 years and they have plenty to talk about when it comes to their School Linking experiences.

From tiny rural primary schools to large urban secondary’s, and everything in between, we’ve worked with schools up and down the UK, and from around the world.

It takes time and effort to build up a relationship of trust between the two schools – and Link Ethiopia are always there to help.

Lynn, Teacher in Leeds

We had an Ofsted inspection... The inspector came on the day my class was introducing the link... and judged the assembly to be outstanding! Thank you.

Carolyn, Teacher in Suffolk

Involve the whole school if you can – it is much more fun that way!

Helen, Teacher in Ipswich

We found that the resources provided were so thought-provoking that they impacted on the whole ... curriculum.

Lyn, Teacher in Hertfordshire

What does a School Link look like?

Resources and Lesson Plans

We provide UK schools with lots of information about their partner school, the area their link school is situated, and on the education system and culture of Ethiopia. We also have an extensive collection of Ethiopian photos as well as a large collection of Ethiopia specific teaching resources available on our website.

Shared Learning

We support both the UK and Ethiopian schools with an annual shared learning activity where students from both countries explore together a particular topic or questions, with supportive lesson plans provided by Link Ethiopia for both schools to support the learning from this activity.

Teacher Exchanges

Visits breathe new life into even the most established (or brand new) link, cement the relationships forged through work exchanges, and offer up a wealth of new ideas for shared global learning experiences for pupils and teachers alike. Link Ethiopia have supported dozens of schools to successfully apply for visit funding, and will support your visit every step of the way.

Student Visits

Our staff in the UK and Ethiopia are happy to help and advise you on any aspect of a school visit, from the booking of international flights to the organising of your accommodation near your link school. We have many years of experience in supporting student visits and gap year placements.

Fundraising and Taking Action

Link Ethiopia identifies the most pressing needs that the Ethiopian partner school faces. On completion of a fundraising project, students in the UK get a certificate to commemorate their efforts and photos of the completed projects.

The International School Award

A School Link with Ethiopia has been proven to help school’s to successfully apply for and receive the International School Award, by embedding global learning and citizenship work through a sustainable international partnership.

FAQ’s

What does it cost?

Link Ethiopia is a registered UK charity and as such is entirely non-profit making. We keep the cost of our school links as low as possible – the basic cost of managing a school link is just £500 per annum. However, we recognise that schools have different budgets and therefore we subsidise the cost of school links for our state-funded schools: Independant School: £500 State Secondary School (subsidised): £350 State Primary School (subsidised): £250

We don’t want cost to be a barrier to establishing a school link, so if you have more questions about this, please contact us to discuss any creative solutions that may help you.

How long does this last?

There is no formal time commitment for a school link, but we do ask that schools consider a period of at least 2 or 3 years to enable pupils to gain the maximum benefit.

How does it work?

Shared Learning: We support both the UK and Ethiopian schools with an annual shared learning activity where students from both countries explore together a particular topic or questions, with supportive lesson plans provided by Link Ethiopia for both schools to support the learning from this activity. Schools can also work together to create stimulating teaching resources and schemes of work that make their link a valuable feature of the teaching curriculum and help bring topics to life for pupils.Resources and Lesson Plans

Resouces & Lesson Plans: We provide UK schools with lots of information about their partner school, the area their link school is situated, and on the education system and culture of Ethiopia. We also have an extensive collection of Ethiopian photos, DVDs, music, books and artefacts, which can be borrowed for displays as well as a large collection of Ethiopia specific teaching resources available on our website.

Teacher Exchanges: The most effective way to develop a strong relationship with your link school is to visit! We would strongly recommend that your school plans a visit within the first year or two of being linked. Visits breathe new life into even the most established (or brand new) link, cement the relationships forged through work exchanges, and offer up a wealth of new ideas for shared global learning experiences for pupils and teachers alike. Link Ethiopia have supported dozens of schools to successfully apply for visit funding, and will support your visit every step of the way.

Student visits

Our staff in the UK and Ethiopia are happy to help and advise you on any aspect of a school visit, from the booking of international flights to the organising of your accommodation near your link school. We have many years of experience in supporting student visits. Secondary schools have the opportunity to send volunteers with Link Ethiopia to teach during their gap year before university. This programme has been running with great success for well over ten years.

Will I get any support?

Yes! Link Ethiopia has gained a great deal of experience in these areas over the last twelve years, and there is a team of people in the UK on hand to help you whenever needed. We also have a Country Manager in our Ethiopia office who visits each school regularly, monitors the links and evaluates our ongoing development projects.

The following information provides you with some of the many ways in which Link Ethiopia will help and support you through your School Link:

  • Access to teaching resources, ideas and inspiration to support your link on our website, blog and social media.
  • Twice monthly School Links e-newsletter containing ideas, inspiration, important dates, deadlines etc.
  • Ongoing telephone and email support from dedicated Link Ethiopia staff in London and the support of our field offices in Ethiopia
  • Help and advice with organising teacher and student visits to your partner school, with full in-country support from our local Ethiopian staf.
  • Advice and guidance on applying both for the International School Award (ISA) and for funding of collaborative projects and reciprocal visits.
  • Annual conferences providing training and networking opportunities.

What makes Link Ethiopia different?

Link Ethiopia is the only organisation dedicated to linking schools with Ethiopia. More than seventeen years of experience have given us a real insight into the challenges of successful school linking and, because we work on the ground in the communities where these links exist, we have personal relationships with the schools and in depth knowledge of their situations. Link Ethiopia provides a personalised, tailored service that means every school link is unique and suited to your needs. Our support will ensure you avoid potential pitfalls and embark on a truly committed and productive relationship with your partner school. To find out more about this, contact us on: [email protected].

What about International Baccalaureate provision?

For schools with the International Baccalaureate, a Link provides students with a prime subject for their extended essays, and for the school to engage students with their Creativity, Action, Service work.

Fundraising

Link Ethiopia identifies the most pressing needs that the Ethiopian partner school faces. These can include safe drinking water, insufficient classrooms, inadequate toilet facilities or a lack of library books. We work with the partner Ethiopian school to gauge what they and their local community are able to achieve, and where the UK school can help to improve these issues. On completion of a fundraising project, students in the UK get a certificate to commemorate their efforts and photos of the completed projects.

Join our network of School Links

Here is a map showing all our UK schools:

View Link Ethiopia - UK School Links in a full screen map

Create your partnership today

Discover how a school link can make a real difference in your classroom. Get in touch with a member of the School Links team by contacting [email protected], or use the form below.