Carrickfergus College has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award for its work to bring the world into the classroom.
Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
The awarding panel was very impressed with the opportunities that pupils have at the college to take part in international activities and engage with other young people from Europe and beyond.
Jonathon McCready, International School co-ordinator, said: “Carrickfergus College are once again delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognises the work of our students and staff in promoting the values of global citizenship.
“We are already looking forward to new projects this year, which will include an Erasmus Plus partnership with schools from five other European Countries.”
Sir Ciarán Devane, chief executive British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.
“Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”
International activities at the college include: European Studies with links to 11 schools across Europe, Mock Council of Europe, Confucius Classroom Project and Mandarin language classes, History and Travel and Tourism study visits to Poland and Crete, Comenius Project with partner schools in Germany and Holland and global citizenship projects in Learning for Life and Work and Citizenship
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty.
“That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of Carrickfergus College and the energy and passion of the young people involved.”