Erasmus is an educational part of the EU's schools program that aims to promote cooperation and understanding between different cultures and countries in Europe.
Its main aims are to enhance the European studies aspect of schoolwork and to help develop language and intercultural awareness and social cohesion.
We are very pleased to report that Braunton Academy has been successful in being re designated for the International School Accreditation until 2020. It is a great accolade to the hard work of the International School team. If you want to know more and are interested in helping with future visits from International partners or if you or your child is interested in this great opportunity of hosting a guest from one of our partner schools. - please see Mr Langmead.
We are currently raising funds for the Amigos Charity .
The mission of Amigos is to make a positive difference in the lives of widows, orphans and underprivileged people in sub-Saharan Africa. Providing care, education and vocational training, they will endeavour to empower the next generation of mothers and fathers to achieve their highest potential, helping them to become confident, caring and self-supporting individuals.
September 2018 - a message from our sponsored Kira Farm student Lawrence
Dear Nick and Lorna.
So nice hearing from you. I am glad to know that the weather is getting better in your country. I am absolutely fine thanks for asking. It is a blessing being in a palace which does not only take care of our training but also give us the best medical attention we would have never got while we are at home.
Talking of care, I am learning a lot about good hygiene practices but also the use of natural medicine so that even if I am at home I can take care of myself with minimum costs.
I am happy to let you know that we are receiving a lot of rain now so we have all busy planting more crops in our gardens. I have still planted maize and beans but done crop rotation. I am now becoming an expert in conservational farming so I am doing everything with minimum supervision and so far with what I have done, I am so sure I can also perfectly teach other people about this farming.
I will not be able to harvest my plants because by the time their ready I will be back home but it gives me much joy that I will have left some food supply for the trainees who will be on Kira by then.
I am so excited and looking forward to the few remain months on Kira. Thanks a lot for your wonderful support which has seen me come this far.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Exchange trips, often in collaboration with other North Devon secondary schools are an established part of our International School program. The benefits are huge and the experiences for the students are immense. We have run successful exchanges to France(Paris and Lyon), Italy(Verona) and Austria (Weiner Neustadt). In the photograph above students are enjoying the wonderful scenery by Lake Annecy.
Connecting Classrooms is a global programme that creates partnerships between clusters of schools in the UK and others around the world. These partnerships bring an international dimension to young peoples ' learning, to improve their knowledge and understanding of other cultures and prepare them for life and work as global citizens.
Connecting Classrooms partnerships are supported by local authorities/federations of schools in the UK and district education offices/ministries of education in other countries. This endorsement, in all countries, provides a platform from which broader, strategic links can be formed between areas or districts in the partner countries.
International Schools’ News - Teacher Visit to Nepal
Teacher representatives from four local secondary schools have returned from a visit to partner schools in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr Langmead (Braunton Academy), Mr Davies (Pilton Community College), Mr Godwin (South Molton Community College) and Ms Hockin (Bideford College) spent a week in Nepal visiting partner schools under the British Council's „Connecting Classrooms‟ initiative.
The schools were successful in submitting a bid that focuses upon building global awareness and cross-cultural learning in each country amongst both staff and students. The visit was a follow-up to the earlier visit of five Nepalese teachers to the schools in September 2015, and allowed the teachers to take classwork from North Devon students about what their home towns, schools and local communities mean to them.
As well as allowing the Nepalese students to learn about students in the UK, it also allowed North Devon students the opportunity to enquire about what life is like in another part of the world. In addition to this , the visit allowed each of the teachers the opportunity to discuss and observe the teaching in Nepalese schools and deliver short lessons in each of the partner schools.
Mr Langmead said “Each of the Devon schools does a great deal of international work educating our students about the similarities and differences of communities and countries. Participation in this British Council project has enabled a large number of students, staff and the wider school communities to gain a real insight into the lives and work of adults and children in Nepal. The visit was an unqualified success and in spite of the hardships suffered as a result of the 2015 earthquake that hit Kathmandu, our Nepalese hosts provided the warmest of welcomes. What we have brought back to our schools to share with both students and staff will be engaging and valuable as we seek to widen the experiences we all try to provide. To see some schools razed to the ground by the earthquake, yet continue to provide an education albeit in temporary classrooms was something that will remain with us all for a long time, as will the desire and interest in their education that the students of Nepal had and how important they see education is to them for future development of their country.”
The next phase of the project is to develop further sharing of resources and information between each of the schools with a view to returning to Nepal in the future.