Minister visits school for new scheme launch

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A GOVERNMENT minister visited a St Leonards school to launch a programme to boost children’s global awareness.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, went to St Mary Star-of-the-Sea School in Magdalen Road last Wednesday (November 20) to talk about the Global Learning Programme (GLP).

Pupils show off their work to Justine Greening

Pupils show off their work to Justine Greening

It is designed to teach students how challenges facing the world are being tackled through innovative new technologies, better governance and job creation.

The MP for Putney was joined by Hastings MP Amber Rudd, and said: “For Britain to thrive in the global race, we need school leavers who understand how the world works, and how they can make the most of new technology, new markets, and new ways of working with people in other countries.

“UK students are the entrepreneurs, business leaders and diplomats of tomorrow. The Global Learning Programme will prepare them to live and work in a global society and help them develop the knowledge and skills to compete in an international job market.

Jane Smith, headteacher of St Mary Star-of-the-Sea, said: “We were delighted earlier this year to be invited to become a lead centre of excellence as part of the new national Global Learning Programme.

“At St Mary Star-of-the-Sea the global dimension has always been an extremely important part of our curriculum.

“We have link schools in India, Mexico, Switzerland and Hastings, Sierra Leone, the latter being a town-wide programme involving many other local schools.”