Durban, Leeds partner schools thriving

2008-07-22 00:00

THE partnership between the city of Leeds and the Durban Metro, which links over 30 Durban schools with those in the English city, is proving fruitful for a high school in Phoenix.

Earlington Secondary School has had a thriving relationship with Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley for the past five years.

The relationship has yielded a number of projects, notably a geography study guide produced by educators from both institutions that has helped Earlington’s matriculants better access the new curriculum.

Earlington principal Dr Mona Singh said the schools were identified by the International Relations Office of Leeds as the best curriculum link.

“We don’t just write letters to each other, but we actually share teaching material and methods,” said Singh. They have put together “a common book which benefits learners from both schools,” she added.

The partnership also allows for visits, as well as rotations.

Twelve pupils and two of their teachers arrived at Earlington last week and are leaving today.

Yesterday, Education MEC Ina Cronjé was there to see them off. She praised the breaking down of cultural barriers, saying the only way for people to understand each other is by observing others through their culture.

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