Linking and Learning: a classroom Transition Unit resource pack


Linking and Learning is a Transition Unit aimed at second level schools that are establishing and developing links with partner schools in the Global South. Its main aim is to help students and teachers explore and experience how North/South learning partnerships can be a vehicle for enhancing understanding, facilitating joint learning and expressing solidarity.

It provides a range of activities aimed at helping students explore their understanding of North/South relationships and concepts such as partnership, development, power and solidarity. It challenges students to think critically about their perceptions of themselves, their world and their place in it.

Author: Mary McCarthy and Annette Honan

Publisher: Worldwise

Year: 2011

Pages: 86

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: 15+ years, citizenship, interactive, joint, junior post primary, linking, local/global, north/south, participatory, partnership, schools, senior post primary, solidarity, transition year

Target Audience: transition year, senior cycle, 16+ years, junior cycle, 12-15 years

Curriculum Subjects: geography, civic social and political education, religious education, home economics, transition unit

Available Formats: activity pack

Tags: Development, Globalisation, Transition Year

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At 81 pages in length this Transition Unit aims to:

  • Develop a critical awareness and understanding of key development concepts and issues
  • Help students explore how a North/South learning partnership can be a way towards enhancing understanding, facilitating joint learning and expressing solidarity
  • Foster attitudes of respect, understanding and empathy towards people in different cultures and circumstances

Suggested Uses

  • Transition Year
  • Junior Certificate: CSPE & Geography
  • Leaving Certificate: Religious Education, Geography, & Politics and Society
  • Leaving Certificate Applied: Social Education

Further Reading

  • For further information on development education through North-South school partnerships, have a look at the WorldWise partnership toolkit and other resources on the WorldWise website or on the Léargas website

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