Application Open Applications close January 2020
Selection January/February 2020 – options and location tbc
1st Training Session  March 2020
2nd Training Session May 2020
In-country Placement  tentatively 4 July 2020 – 4 August 2020
Debrief October 2020

What is Global Learning Partnerships?

Developed in line with the GTCS Standard for Professional Learning, Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) is a platform for developing leaders of global education and Learning for Sustainability (LfS). It is accredited by GTCS and endorsed by Education Scotland.

Delivered by The Wood Foundation, in partnership with Redearth Education Uganda and Inspire Educate and Empower Rwanda (IEE), it is an experiential and immersive professional learning and personal development experience which includes a four-week overseas summer placement building the capabilities of fellow educators. This placement is enhanced by pre-departure training, debrief, ongoing development support and access to an inspirational alumni network.

GLP is centred around a four-week summer holiday placement in Uganda and Rwanda where participants upskill educators through professional learning reflecting local context. Participants live and work in local communities with three weeks spent in Uganda and a week delivering professional learning in Rwanda. There are also two pre-departure training weekends, a debrief session and ongoing support from The Wood Foundation and GLP alumni network.

Why is it important?

There has never been a greater need for young people to understand the role they play in the world. A teacher is uniquely placed to inspire global and active citizenship and develop skills such as resourcefulness, creativity and innovation.

As part of Vision 2030, the Scottish Government has refocussed on the role of Learning for Sustainability in delivering many of the key drivers of Curriculum for Excellence.

The overseas placement element of GLP provides participants with the opportunity to live and work in Sub Sahara Africa; to immerse themselves in the education system and culture of their host community; learn how other people live and work whilst living, working alongside them. This first-hand cultural experience is an integral part of GLP equipping our alumni with a deeper knowledge and understanding of life in another country and an array of credible personal experiences which augments the development of delivery of global education within the curriculum.

Meaningful global education is essential for the prosperity of our planet. There has never been a greater need to develop young people’s understanding of their responsibility to actively contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world.

Through an authentic learning experience. GLP challenges and empowers practitioners towards leadership in education through increased confidence, resilience and resourcefulness.

GLP works in partnership with ethical local organisations to build the capacity of education professionals within host countries. Through community-based placements, GLP facilitates the sharing of knowledge, ideas and best practice to support improvements in teaching and learning within a local context.

“This opportunity is truly transformational. It has enabled a deeper understanding of learning and the impact it can have on the lives of others. Our school has benefitted greatly from GLP. We are now better able to connect the Global Goals with our school curriculum”

Barbara Jones, Head Teacher