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Comenius Grant and International Evening Success

by swisscottage / April 26th, 2013 / in Archive 2012/13 / 0 Comments

We are delighted to receive funding from the Comenius Grant to help fund a student exchange with a school in Sweden.

The Comenius Grant helps schools to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and the value of this diversity and to help young people to acquire basic life skills and competences for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship.

To celebrate the funding and to welcome the four exchange students, we hosted an International Evening on the 23rd of April. The International Evening was a huge success and a fantastic opportunity to welcome our young people with special educational needs from Sweden and to celebrate the many different cultures within the school.

A huge thank you to all those families and staff that volunteered and attended the evening. Over 135 parents, carers, siblings and extended families joined learners and staff in sharing their cultures through dance, music, food and traditional costume.

Tracy Edward, Head of Curriculum and International Coordinator said: “Swiss Cottage School has a diverse population, with many ethnic and religious groups represented. In many ways, ‘special needs’ is also in itself a culture, which gains definition and esteem through its encounters with others. Around the world, large numbers of children and young people with special needs do not have an education. International Evening is additionally, an opportunity to raise awareness of this and promote education for all”

As a specialist SEN School and a leading Teaching School, we are dedicated to improving and developing provision for children and young people with learning disabilities internationally and are presenting at the World Association of Lesson Studies in Gothenberg in September. The school also has a number of links with schools in many countries across the globe, including Sweden, Poland, Bangladesh and Ghana.

 

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