YPI Scotland

A programme which offers a unique, immersive and life-changing personal and professional development opportunity will accept applications until the end of January to join its 2019 intake.

Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) has challenged and empowered 86 Scotland-based educators with an authentic learning experience increasing confidence, resilience and resourcefulness.

GLP, which is managed and majority-funded by The Wood Foundation, includes a four-week placement in Rwanda or Uganda and several interventions pre and post-travel to realise the full development potential it offers.

Georgia Phillips of Stirling took part in the programme in 2017. She

“I became a teacher to give my pupils opportunities to form considered views on how they could positively impact on the world. My time in Rwanda helped to develop my confidence and strengthen my voice and I am aiming to use this to make positive changes in the school setting and within the wider education system.”


GLP works in partnership with ethical local organisations IEE Rwanda and Redearth Education to build the capacity of education professionals within host countries. Through community-based placements, GLP facilitates the sharing of knowledge, ideas and best practice to support improvements in teaching and learning within a local context.

Jill Callander of Aberdeenshire was part of the first GLP cohort in 2012 and returned in 2018 as a Team Lead.

“GLP is the best CLPL activity I have experienced in my career and has had the biggest impact on both my professional and home lives.

“It differs from traditional CLPL in that it is sustained over a longer period of time than most learning activities. It is not completed in isolation or with a small group. It immediately opens you to opportunities to build team work and collaboration with colleagues from across primary and secondary as well as other educational sectors in order to share skills, knowledge and experience and build support and challenge across the team.”

GLP Programme Manager Georgea Hughes said:

“Meaningful global education is essential for the prosperity of our planet. There has never been a greater need to develop young people’s understanding of their responsibility to actively contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world.”

Applications and more information are available at www.glpscotland.org.uk. Applicants will be interviewed and those selected for the programme will have training weekends in March and May before travelling to Rwanda or Uganda in July. There will be a further debrief event in October.