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Namibia: Overseas Aid

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to twin individual Namibian schools with schools in the United Kingdom. (125292)

DFID supports partnerships between schools in the UK and Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean through a programme called DFID Global School Partnerships (DGSP). The programme is managed by the British Council, under contract to DFID. It provides advice and guidance, professional development opportunities and grants to schools that are using partnerships as a means to develop and embed a global dimension within their curriculum.

There are currently four UK-Namibian partnerships through DGSP:

Hey with Zion VC Primary School in Oldham works with John Shekudja Combined School;

Warlingham School in Surrey works with Udjombala Junior Secondary School;

Alsager School in Stoke on Trent works with Oshilemba Combined School; and

St. Michael’s CE Primary School in Herefordshire is partnered with Emma Hoogen Hout School.

In addition, the British Council operates a programme, not funded by DFID, called ‘Connecting Classrooms’. This links schools in the UK with schools in Africa—including Namibia.

Under this programme ‘partnerships’ between schools are supported. Each partnership consists of three UK schools, plus three schools from one African country and three schools from another African country. Each partnership is entitled to £15,000 per year, for up to three years, to take part in study visits, to purchase materials, and meet certain other associated costs.

In 2006-07, two sets of twinning partnerships under ‘Connecting Classrooms’ involved Namibia: the first was a group of three schools in Namibia, twinned with three schools in Leeds and three schools in Zimbabwe. The second was a group of three schools in Namibia, twinned with three schools in Devon and three schools in Nigeria.