Well, another month has flown by and our "In Others' Shoes" project plans are forging ahead. We have five confirmed partner schools now and their enthusiasm and fresh approach is so encouraging.
There are so many things to consider when putting a funding proposal together:
What is our vision and focus for the project?
How can we make a compelling case and explain things effectively to our partner teachers and potential funder?
What will be the project benefits and outcomes?
How do we collaborate effectively and develop a shared understanding?
How can we make the project robust but also flexible enough to succeed in different school contexts?
How can we turn our ideas into reality and make it work on the ground?
How will we measure impact and how can we build this into project delivery from the start?
How will we reach out to other schools and share our learning journey?
So many questions we are wrestling with and need to answer before deadline day!
Over the years, Global Education Derby has been highly successful at developing projects and resources exploring global citizenship with teachers, young people and communities – locally and globally.
We live in an interdependent world and need to collaborate together more than ever before to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. That is at the heart of what global citizenship as a discipline is all about. The easiest way to get the message across is to listen to the simple but powerful message of the global wombat.
It is so rewarding talking to teachers about the challenges they face and finding ways together to bring learning to life in a relevant, participatory way. Helping young people to make connections between their own interests and values and the wider world is a great enterprise to be involved in.
However, the challenges of working for a small, non profit making organisation in the UK never end. How do we make our work sustainable? How do we offer value for money while maintaining our capacity as an organisation? How do we plan ahead strategically while ensuring that what we offer is relevant and of high quality? How can we operate informally but still be professional and up to date in our approach? How much is manageable and realistic with a small, dedicated team? How can we monitor and measure progress?
Our hope is that the In Others’ Shoes project and website will widen our horizons and help us to achieve some of our organisational aims, working with European partner schools for the very first time. We have been overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of contacts we have made through the School Education Gateway website.
We believe that Global Education methodologies and partnerships can help develop open, cohesive communities and provide the tools we need to make the world a better place.
Now is a time of waiting to see who out there shares our vision and will be eager to work with us over the next year. Exciting times indeed.