We are delighted to share that Tower Hamlets Council will be supporting us in our Community Cohesion Project for a third year!
A really exciting opportunity has developed this year – we were successful in our application for Erasmus+ funds and we will be running the project across Spain, Italy, Finland, and Turkey, enhancing our model through international cooperation. The project will allow us to involve your students in the cohesion process by participating in the conversation and influencing outcomes. In fact, the idea is for students to actively lead some of the training sessions.
This year’s training offers new peer-to-peer learning opportunities while working with the EU Partner countries. This will include virtual linking across the countries and opportunities for Tower Hamlets pupils to showcase their work across the partner countries.
The project will train students to strengthen their local community projects that engage local organisations as well as providing your students with friendly training materials to share and cascade their learning with the rest of student body / School Council to develop critical thinking skills and pupil’s voice.
Teachers will be part of a training workshop on ‘Using the Global Goals with your school council’ and will build their knowledge and competence using the goals as a methodology for addressing complex global issues in their classroom practice, alongside teachers from EU partner countries.
FEBRUARY 2019 – STUDENT SESSION 1
We ran our first joint session, bringing together student council reps and staff to facilitate thinking around ‘Equality’, ‘Community’ and ‘Student Voice.’ The main aim of the workshops was to create a space for pupils to raise issues and discuss their concerns as well as their positive experiences of life in the borough.
MARCH 2019 – STUDENT SESSION 2, with EU partners
The second session was delivered during our European project training week and was a wonderful coming together of our Tower Hamlets schools and European partners. Following a few ‘ice breakers’, students from across the 10 TH schools and the 4 EU partner schools, worked together to formulate community cohesion projects in the style of ‘Dragon’s Den.’
We had several fantastic and powerful responses, resulting from cross-cultural and inter-generational conversations, with children in the driving seat. Cllr for Children and Culture Danny Hassell, Head of Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service Gillian Harris and LBTH Strategy and Policy Officer Jaber Khan were on the judging panel.
APRIL – JULY 2019; DROP-IN SUPPORT AND FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITIES
Project Lead, Manju Patel-Nair, visited each school to meet with the School Council, to help design projects which could work effectively in the time frame provided. Towards the end of the summer term, schools presented their projects at QMU’s ‘Festival of Communities’ and even signed up some new community partners!
The following schools are developing Tower Hamlets Community Cohesion Projects:
Al Mizan Primary: ‘Cleaner Air’ project in partnership with the Tree Council
Bow School: ‘Lives without Knives’ project with The Crib Project and Metropolitan Police
Elizabeth Selby Infants’ School: ‘Community Gardens’ with Silk Court
Marner Primary School: ‘Greener Marner’ in partnership with Ground Works
Olga Primary: Climate Justice – Educating our Community’, in partnership with Green Schools Project
Thomas Buxton Primary School: Social Media and Graffiti project, partnership yet to be established