Lewisham has received funding from institutions such as the British Council and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum to share ideas about innovative international approaches in areas such as education and the environment. Working together, the Council has been able to share insight and knowledge of solutions to common problems.
Lewisham and Ekurhuleni
In 2002, Lewisham signed a friendship link with Ekurhuleni, an area to the east of Johannesburg in South Africa. 'Ekurhuleni' is a Tsonga word, meaning 'a place of peace'.
Working with the Lewisham Schools Improvement Team, a successful funding application to the British Council gave ten Lewisham primary schools a chance to be part of the Global Schools Project. The following Lewisham schools were connected with ten schools in Ehlanzeni, near Ekurhuleni, South Africa:
St James Hatcham
St William of York
These schools have been able to use insight from international connections to add depth and understanding to their teaching and learning In the following curriculum areas: citizenship, sports, healthy lifestyles and geography. Each school also had the opportunity to develop specific partnership curriculum links with one school in Ehlanzeni, as well as taking part in professional development workshops funded by the British Council.
Lewisham and Kingston
Lewisham has been working with Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, for a number of years, and since 2012 has had a friendship link to share ideas.
The Council was awarded a Best Practice grant from the Commonwealth Local Government Forum to share the work around 'Love Lewisham', which gives residents the chance to report environmental problems using social media.
Kingston and St Andrew in Jamaica have now developed a similar scheme, which can be viewed at www.lovecleanksa.org.