Dear Global School Alliance family,
As we look back on 2022, there are a number of truly satisfying achievements I would like to share with you all.
This year the world started to recover from the pandemic and many countries have found their way of living with Covid-19. For most schools, teaching and learning has returned to a face-to-face environment and students can continue to engage in very important authentic learning experiences.
It was a great year of development and innovation for the Global School Alliance (GSA); our community exceeded 7000 educators, approximately 4000 schools and hundreds of hours of online events and professional development. We celebrated establishing 22 new partnerships and re-igniting over 30 more. We proudly launched our Global School Transformation programmes, providing a clear framework for educators worldwide to easily access support for their global dimensions work.
The Global School Alliance is proud and delighted to launch our prestigious and impactful support for International Coordinators which demonstrates our central commitment to supporting and celebrating this key central role in the school.
I believe that the GSA is now the leading provider of funded global transformations and we have had a great start in the autumn of 2022 welcoming some fantastic pioneering schools to the programme. We look forward to supporting their successes and sharing their inspiring stories with the community.
In 2022, we welcomed some exciting additions to the Global School Alliance team, including John Rolfe MBE, who is leading on Global Schools Community & Partnerships. John brings with him his vast experience of 20+ years with the British Council and continues his great contribution to the advancement of global education now with the GSA. We also welcome Juan Risi from Peru who is leading on developing programme delivery and increasing support for Latin America and Spanish-speaking nations.
I am confident that 2023 will be remembered as the year of returning global travel. We look forward to seeing the very welcome return of amazing cultural immersions, language exchanges and impactful global citizenship experiences that all start from creating global friendships.
To support this, we recently announced a new cohort of funding for our Global Education Fund. We are currently taking early registrations of interest with our waiting list reaching over 60 early applications to date, but expect to to quickly exceed the last cohort we received of 300 applications.
Our mission for 2023 is to facilitate the widespread development of global friendships for all our inspirational members. We wish to see all our members connected on the platform and engaged in powerful communications and collaborations. We will also expect to welcome another 5000 educators to our community over the next 12 months and have a, soon to be released, schedule of events workshops and global round tables to further support our core commitment to enriching and inclusive dialogue.
We also have a number of student exchange trips taking place over the Spring and we are all particularly thrilled to see real face-to-face interactions returning for our Sister School Partnerships once again. Early next year, we are launching our global teacher research trips, leadership delegations and round tables programmes and welcome you all to join us as we take global educators around the world to learn from one another, share and disseminate best practice in global education and to establish and develop long lasting and mutually professionally fruitful partnerships.
On the platform, you can expect to see further development to your key partnerships and projects activity, along with our inclusive and impactful Global School Awards and Accreditation programme.
I am writing to you from a cold, snowy and very “Christmassy” England and thank you all for your continued support and dedication to our combined essential mission. Global Educators are the most important people in the world! You are all impacting the future of our connected planet and we appreciate you all for your continued hard work.
From all of the team at the Global School Alliance, we sincerely look forward to connecting with you all in 2023 where we can hand in hand continue to make a difference to students’ lives all across our beautiful and interdependent planet.
Founder and CEO at Global School Alliance