Our Newcastle – Our World

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We are supporting the development of Newcastle’s first ever International City Plan and Partnership: Our Newcastle – Our World. This is a new, more joined up approach to internationalism.

Newcastle is one of the British Council’s ten UK Focus Cities, as part of their new Global Cities Strategy. This is an opportunity to develop a plan for international relations, which is both ambitious and achievable and which will make a real difference to people in our City and others around the world through our international collaborations and links.

We have produced an outline international city plan. This proposes an international vision for the City, the principles of how we will work as a partnership and who will be involved. It provides a framework for discussions around internationalism and how we can strengthen our international profile, links and collaboration moving forward.

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Our international theme

An international city for our children and young people as confident, global citizens
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We have selected this initial theme to help us test this vision and our approach.

Initial workshops with ‘Youth Connectors’ (young people who engage with others, organisations who work with young people, key partners and influencers around this theme) were held in July 2019 and produced a wide range of views, inspirational ideas and information, which is captured in the event report and resource pack.

We hope that Youth Connectors who are already involved and others from across the city will talk to young people and partners about internationalism and share information about: what an international dimension could mean for children and young people (up to the age of 30); what is already happening; what the ambitions are and what difference an international dimension could make.

We are taking forward some priority actions identified by Youth Connectors, in a new partnership initiative: Newcastle City of Languages and are exploring how to achieve ambitions around promoting language learning, celebrating languages and cultures in the city and opening up international experiences and opportunities for children and young people in Newcastle.

We will seek to add value to existing initiatives and also generate new opportunities and links where there is an ambition to do so, including with young people who may not usually be engaged in international activities.

We will explore how to make the most of our international connections, to enhance and develop these further and seek new collaborations and links where these add value and help us achieve our vision and ambitions.