Our Healthy and Sustainable School Programme (HSSP) arose from previous school linkages between Wales and Zanzibar over a 10 year period as an adaptation of the Health Promoting Schools award piloted in Wales, to incorporate global learning and critical thinking.
It is an integral part of our ABC project and is currently being integrated into the school curriculum across 51 schools in Zanzibar.
Using a combination of HSSP Project books (see below) and practical environmental activities within schools, HSSP reflects learning to local realities focusing on the learning process, supporting critical thinking, self-reflection and the independent choices of the learner.
Healthy & Sustainable Schools Topic Books
These education books include information and learning activities for key stage 2 and key stage 3 (form 1 and form 2).
Included is a reference book for teachers.
In April 2016 Sazani Associates received the go ahead to begin a four-year project funded by Comic Relief entitled ‘ABC for Quality Teaching and Learning in Zanzibar’.
Comic Relief’s ‘All in, All Learning’ initiative sought ways to help improve education for teachers and pupils and it will be funding Sazani Associates, to tackle issues of in service teacher training in Zanzibar.
Sazani will be working with lower secondary teachers in Pemba and Unguja to cascade a lesson study approach through continuing joint professional development over four years within 51 secondary schools across the islands. The aim is to improve student results and the ability of students to progress educationally through improving the quality of teaching and learning. The project will focus on three core skill areas, numeracy, literacy and critical thinking.
Sazani will train and mentor teachers as Cascade Teachers to train and support teachers in their respective schools to deliver the ‘ABC for Quality Teaching & Learning ’project; that aims to improve teachers’ and students’ Attitudes towards education, develop and improve their Behaviour for learning; and increase core and key Competences, through lesson study. This project will utilise the Healthy and Sustainable Schools (HSS) curriculum so basic and key skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving are delivered through lessons, in English, linked to local livelihoods and realities.
The project’s theory of change is that through supporting teacher’s ability to support learning in the classroom through participatory teaching methods which support critical thinking, student results and their ability to progress through secondary education will improve.
During the ABC project Form 1 and Form 2 teachers will be supported to use cross curricular teaching materials in their classrooms to deliver content to increase the understanding and awareness of global sustainability issues. The materials can be used within the Lesson Study cycle and linked to areas of the current syllabus. Previous curriculum mapping workshops have provided links to show how and when these resources link to the HSSP.
Lesson study is a powerful, professional learning approach that has been seen to greatly improve learning and teaching and the practice and subject knowledge of teachers. It has 140 years of history in Japanese schools and is increasingly used globally because of the dramatic improvements in pupil achievement it brings. It involves teachers focusing on small groups of learners, identifying what is working for them and what the teachers are doing to make an impact in the classroom. Teachers then work collaboratively to coach one another to improve their classroom practice. More information about lesson Study can be read here: http://lessonstudy.co.uk/ and here http://walsnet.org/.
Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning supports teachers and school leaders to improve teaching, giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make a positive contribution now and in the future.
Through connections with other schools, professional development for teachers and engaging learning resources, Connecting Classrooms helps develop students equipped to live and work in a globalised world.
Sazani is a registered provider of CPD training for Connecting Classrooms at levels 2 and 3
Our Global Learning Pathway course builds on 20 years of Sazani’s cross-curricular links and curriculum development including our Healthy and Sustainable Schools Project (HSSP).
The Global Learning Pathway is provided absolutely free to all educational professionals employed within the state sector in Wales.
This course explores contemporary global issues, the sustainable development goals and longstanding links between schools in Wales and the Global South and offers teacher the chance to develop ways to effectively integrate these concepts and experiences into their own classrooms.
Individual schools or clusters can contact us to organise a training session at your premises or a central location at no cost to you or your school.
If you are a teacher and are looking to build your schools skills on issue surrounding global learning, bring the sustainable development goals into your classroom or find out more about CCGL as a whole, contact us and we will be in touch.
Sazani Associates and it’s partners are continually developing an approach to support the development of sustainable livelihoods through global education and training.
We are proud to be a Blue Solutions provider.
The Blue Solutions Initiative provides global knowledge exchange and capacity development on marine and coastal biodiversity. Our Climate Adaption and Sustainability Aware (CASA) program includes projects focusing on the delivery of a curriculum to embed education for sustainable development into teacher training and classroom delivery, the provision of training in climate smart appropriate technologies – building on existing community strengths – and enabling finance and climate smart enterprises such as jam production using rocket stoves, solar drying and solar installation.
Working with local coastal communities we have linked educational and livelihood projects to run a number of projects. Community stewardship is at the heart of our approach to coastal management. Coastal communities can appreciate, more than external environmentalists or academics, the fragility of their livelihoods. We support them to build on their existing assets and secure legitimacy.
We have seen communities grow their annual income 10 fold over a couple of years whilst supporting mangrove rehabilitation – without grants and hand outs from government or NGOs. Unlike most NGO projects this type of intervention develops a life of it’s own. Utilising the markets in sea cucumbers, local people were taught to collect washed up small see cumbers and grow them in nurseries in mangrove mud. This gives the mangrove mud a value as it only remains if the mangrove trees are there to trap it from being washed out to sea. No trees no mud. No mud no lucrative market in sea cucumbers.