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Partner Briefing No 35 - July/August 2002

1. Connecting Futures

The British Council is involved in a significant development called Connecting Futures. This is a new five-year initiative which aims at building deeper mutual understanding, learning and respect between young people from different cultural backgrounds, by working in new ways and with extended communities in the UK and overseas.

Connecting Futures web site www.connectingfutures.com

Due to the urgent need to address the widening gulf of understanding between the UK and communities in countries of significant Muslim populations, we are focusing initially but not exclusively on activities in the UK and Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

We are keen identify colleges who work closely with ethnic minority communities, especially those listed above, because we may like to involve them in new programmes and initiatives, either here in the UK or in the home country.

Please contact Peter Clack on peter.clack@britishcouncil.org if you are interested in being on our list of participating colleges, with a brief paragraph describing the communities with which you work and a general outline of your involvement with them. We hope that we will be able to promote your work in some of our publications - but would obviously seek formal approval before doing so.

2. CEDEFOP Study Visit Programme - Call for Applicants

CEDEFOP @ Socrates UK web site

Applications are invited from individuals wishing to participate in a CEDEFOP Study Visit in 2003 (March to July). Through this European Union programme, themed study visits are organised for groups of 10-12 vocational training specialists.

General visits provide an overview of training for young people or training for adults in the host country. More focussed visits look at issues such as quality assurance, ICT and small businesses and skills acquisition. A catalogue has been produced which provides detailed information on all the proposed visits for 2003. Participants receive a grant as a contribution towards travel and accommodation expenses.

For application forms and a copy of the 2003 catalogue, contact Julia Stone on 020 7389 4545 or email julia.stone@britishcouncil.org. The deadline for receipt of completed forms is 1 October 2002.

3. Footballing Opportunities

Football, as the World Cup has so recently demonstrated, is a global phenomenon that cuts across political, social and religious divides. It is therefore a valuable method of achieving the British Council aims of 'creating opportunity for people worldwide', and the British Council manages two football-related global initiatives:

Dreams + Teams @ British Council web site

Dreams and Teams - www.britishcouncil.org/education/dreams/
This initiative aims to develop young citizens and leaders through sport and international educational links.

footballculture.net web site

footballculture.net -

This web site, which is produced by the British Council and the BBC, aims to explore the culture of football around the world.

As always, we are keen to work as closely and effectively as possible with our UK constituency and to that end we would like to hear from any college within the UK that has developed close links with their local football club or other sports facility, so we can involve them at the appropriate time in the development of international work.

Please email Peter Clack at peter.clack@britishcouncil.org if you would like to share the details with us. This will then allow us to include you in the continuing evolution of our football initiatives.

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