Bromley teacher travels to Nigera to connect with classroom
PUBLISHED: 16:47 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 13 March 2018
A Bromley teacher travelled to a Nigerian school last month, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project.
Ed Fox Joyce, who is head of visual arts at Langley Park School for Girls, in Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, journeyed to Lagos on February 10, to work closely with Nigerian school Lagos Boys Junior Academy, which Langley Park had been twinned with.
The project is a global education programme, looking to develop different schools around the world, with core skills in communication, digital literacy and creative thinking.
It aims to help young people learn about global issues and become responsible citizens, and Langley Park School felt privileged to have a member of its staff participate in the scheme.
Mr Fox Joyce spent four days at the school, mainly teaching arts and design lessons as well as observing the daily life there.
He said: “It was a really humbling experience to see how they were teaching the children with such limited resources as well as the amazing commitment from the students.
“I was made to feel so welcome.
“It’s incredible to imagine what these teachers could achieve with the types of resources we have in our fantastic Bromley schools and take for granted.”
Mr Fox Joyce is now working with the school in Lagos on developing a sustainable, collaborative project, which will enable communication between the two schools, helping students to learn about each other’s cultures, histories and environments.
He added: “At our school we have been working on quite a large photography project called Rivers of the World, and as an extension of the that we are developing it further in Nigeria to do some photography work with children at the school.
“We are looking at a Nigerian photographer called George Osodi, who is known for photographing kings or monarchs in Nigeria.
“We got a group of boys from the school to think about their own communities and kings.”
Mr Fox Joyce also enjoyed taking part in a teaching conference at the school, where he was able to speak about different aspects of education as well as addressing the different issues surrounding it.