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Council chairman welcomes international education guests to Cumbria

29 September 2016

Chairman of South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), Councillor Sylvia Emmott, welcomed international guests to Cumbria for a global citizenship project on Tuesday 27 September.

The project, Global Schools, is a three year EU funded learning initiative exploring how to embed global citizenship education across the primary curriculum.

Councillor Emmott said: “I spent a lifetime in education and know that children in Cumbria involved in this scheme will gain an invaluable global understanding.

“Global Schools will give children a fantastic opportunity to understand we are living in a global society.

“It will prepare youngsters for challenges they face as they move into adulthood and it will teach them that we are part of an international community.”

Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC), an Ambleside based education charity, delivers the project in the United Kingdom which involves 17 partner organisations working with schools in 10 different European countries.

CDEC co-hosted the two-day International Advisory Group meeting with Cumbria County Council at County Hall in Kendal.

Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, said: ‘I am very proud to be part of this global learning scheme and for children across Cumbria to enhance their education in this way, it’s a real privilege.”

The team of international delegates included education experts from Latvia, Czech Republic, Portugal, France, Ireland and Spain.

CDEC Director, Katie Carr, said: “Many of our teachers don't realise that we're seen as an example of great practice here in Cumbria, a beacon of global citizenship education.”

To find out more about the Global Schools project, contact Katie Carr on 01539 431602.

For more information contact the SLDC Communications team on 01539 793300.