Africa Link Initiative

ISSP LogoInternational School-to-School Partnerships’ initiatives will focus on creating direct, one-to-one relationships between schools in America and schools in the developing world, beginning in Africa where a pilot program is already underway at a primary school in Kenya. These initiatives will strongly support the ISSP mission to expand school-to-school access through global networks to share knowledge and resources for learning within a cross-cultural setting.

 


Mnarani Primary School Student Video

The purpose of the Africa Link Program is to introduce schools to one another via the Internet and nurture curiosity and appreciation between students and teachers living in very different cultures. Students and teachers participating in Africa Link will gain cross-cultural awareness about the personal lives and learning conditions of their counterparts, while enhancing their academic curriculum.

Africa Link Program Goals

  • Facilitate collaborative environmental science learning projects engaging both students and teachers
  • Create a school-to-school US-Africa model which can be replicated to other regions of the world

This initiative will provide guidelines and coaching to American and African teachers and students to facilitate their discovery of the many ways to engage and exchange learning resources available at each other’s schools. This exchange will enrich environmental science curriculum they share, while developing closer relationships with each other as valuable partners in international awareness and learning.

Africa Link Program Objectives

  • Increase the number of teachers and students involved and engaged
  • Increase the number of global projects initiated and completed between partner schools

Activities

  • Identify interested schools in the US and Africa
  • Establish Africa Link school Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) Centers
  • Develop ISSP website portals to connect schools via the Internet
  • Facilitate exchanges and establish teacher-to-teacher contacts
  • Develop support and mutual education projects with teachers and students collaborating on project design and implementation
  • Train teachers and mentor student leaders on how to initiate and carry out successful learning project exchanges, for example, focus on science projects incorporating environmental educational themes of climate change, energy and natural resource issues in terrestrial and marine settings

Africa Link Program Outcomes

Student and teacher participants will:

  • Expand opportunities for cross-cultural and academic exchanges in the environmental sciences
  • Discover and appreciate one another’s cultures
  • Serve as learning partners and resources
  • Create an understanding of global connectedness