The Bewdley School establishes links with Egypt, South Korea, Jordan, India, Morroco, Palestine and UK schools to prepare young people for life and work in today’s world at the first First UK Global Happiness Conference November 3-9 2019

Mrs Newbold (Conference organiser) at The Bewdley School has forged a partnership with a variety of international schools as part of Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning, a unique global education programme.

Connecting Classrooms is run in over 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). It works with schools across the globe to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make a positive contribution to their world.

The Bewdley School is hosting a Global Happiness Conference for international students and a British Council Connecting Classrooms Conference for international teachers during the week on Nov 3-9 . Both conferences will look at the United Nations Sustainable Goals of Health & Well-being and Quality Education.

On hearing the news that The Bewdley School has successfully applied to take part in the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘I am delighted that The Bewdley School, Worcestershire is taking on this excellent opportunity to develop their professional practice by collaborating with teachers from across the globe and the UK. Their commitment to equip young people with skills and understanding for life and work in an increasingly global economy is to be commended.’

Yesterday marked the first day of the conference, where delegates spent the day meeting and sharing gifts,followed by exploring the town of Bewdley with a rewarding trip to Bewdley Museum. The delegates also had a meeting with the Mayor of Bewdley Mr John Byng. The Mayor spoke to the delegates with councillor Anna Coleman about the history of Bewdley town, and then he answered questions from the delegates about democracy, community cohesion, and how to develop a peaceful and safe community like Bewdley.

One student said ‘It is amazing! It gives us an amazing chance to see people that otherwise wouldn’t have even known we existed and an excellent chance to show off our culture.’