The aim is to make learning tangible and to arouse interest in global commitment. The focus of such partnerships is on global issues of social justice, human rights, diversity and sustainability. The schools are supported in terms of both content and funding and develop a plan that can fill out the long-term cooperation and thus the interests of cooperating schools.
In 2018, funding has been successfully applied for to enable a school exchange between Comprehensive School Bonn’s Fünfte in Bonn and Ndyebo Secondary School in Port Elizabeth. This enabled pupils of the 9th to 11th grades from Bonn to travel to Port Elizabeth accompanied by teaching staff. In the following year, pupils from Ndyebo School visited the comprehensive school in Germany. The learning content of this encounter revolved around the main topics of “diversity of values, cultures and living conditions” and “lifestyles depending on current life situations”. The pupil exchanges are embedded in working groups at both schools, which offer space for the pupils to take up precisely these topics and to exchange, be inspired and learn from each other in the context of the direct encounter.
Due to renewed provision of funding, a trip by pupils from Bonn, accompanied by two teachers, to Port Elizabeth was also planned for 2020. Due to the worldwide corona pandemic, however, the encounter trip could not take place as planned. Nevertheless we hope for further exciting encounters between school partnerships.