It will be a wonderful experience for the New Zealand Teachers to come to Wales this autumn and experience the similarities and differences that education offers on both sides of the world. As I have previously said the world is getting smaller and language is the one thing that allows us to communicate whether with a different accent or by using different words for the same item, maybe the recent TED talk I blogged is a closer reality than we all think!
New Zealand and Wales both share a proud history of indigenous language revival and bilingual education.
So Wales is the appropriate destination for this year’s recipients of the Linking Minds Scholarship, a prestigious international award for emerging education leaders.
Four of these emerging leaders will travel to Wales for two weeks in the October school break, to link up with teachers and principals in language immersion schools.
“Linking Minds creates great opportunities for our future education leaders to develop their leadership potential and reflect on their teaching practice with their international peers,” said Rebecca Elvy, Group Manager Education Workforce at the Ministry of Education.
“They will have a tremendous opportunity to look at parallels between the New Zealand and Welsh education systems and to learn more about language immersion in Welsh schools,” she said.
British Council Country Director Ingrid Leary added:‘’NZ and Wales share a unique interest in bilingual education and the scholarship provides promising teachers with a special interest in Te Reo to learn from the Welsh experience – and vice versa.’’
Following their time in Wales the Kiwi teachers will be involved in an extensive leadership development programme, including individual and group coaching, mentoring and support, along with webinars and “hot seat” sessions facilitated by specialist educational leaders to build on their international experience.
“We’re very proud of these four young New Zealanders, and congratulate them on winning this prestigious national award. We’re delighted to award these scholarships to teachers with such tremendous potential to help further their development as future leaders,” said Rebecca Elvy.