j8 Educational Partnerships

j8 brings together pupil groups in the UK with pupil groups in Africa and Asia to research the barriers to education in their communities and practical ways of breaking these barriers down. Each group then takes action to improve the opportunities for quality education in their area.

Underlying this work is the belief that education is the key to development, for all countries, communities and individuals.

For the pupils taking part, it increases their knowledge and understanding not just of educational issues but of other local and global social issues with which education is inextricably linked. It encourages the pupil groups to work in partnership and take action to improve their own and other communities and then to disseminate their findings to as many people as possible. In this way we hope that it fosters a commitment to social justice.

  • It is effective in supporting education in the different communities
  • It is educational, for both sets of pupils
  • It reflects well on the pupils and their schools
  • And it’s fun

“We like j8 because our student group are not just putting money in a charity tin, they are thinking through the best ways of supporting education in their partner community and then carrying them out.”

“j8 is more than a global citizenship project and more than a charity drive. It is both of these, and then some.”

“j8 is the educational way of doing good and helping others.”




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Mzuzu, Malawi

Mzuzu is the capital and largest city of northern Malawi. We work with the students and staff of Katoto Secondary School.

Nitte, India

India is a vast country in South Asia, containing over one billion people, making it the second most populous country in the world. It has developed rapidly in recent years and now has the 6th biggest economy in the world.

Ndola, Zambia

Zambia, in tropical southern Africa, is a landlocked country where 17 million people live. It is a stable country, having managed to avoid war since it came into being in 1964. It contains spectacular scenery, especially on its border with Zimbabwe where the Victoria Falls plunge 108m into a narrow gorge below.

Liwonde, Malawi

Malawi is a small country of 17 million people in east Africa, and is known as the warm heart of Africa. It is a peaceful country, never having been at war since it came into being in 1964.

Lerala, Botswana

Botswana is a large country in southern Africa, lying either side of the Tropic of Capricorn. It is more than twice the size of the UK but with only one-thirtieth of its population. It is one of the emptiest countries in the world, due mostly to its climate. Much of it is occupied by the Kalahari Desert and the areas which are not desert are semi-desert.

Dhangadhi, Nepal

Nepal is a mountainous country of 28 million people in the Himalayas of south Asia. Until 1950 the country was closed to the outside world and, because of this isolation, it has been one of the least developed countries in the world.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a small country in south Asia, only half the size of the UK, but with three times the population. It is one of the most crowded countries on the planet.


Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country in East Africa, just south of the equator, and famous for its wildlife and game parks, such as Serengeti, and for having Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro as well as the world’s second deepest lake (Lake Tanganyika).

Get involved

If your school would like to work with any of the j8 schools on this website, to work with the students there to help to provide quality education for more children, please get in touch. We just need one small friendship group. It can be very satisfying, definitely educational and fun!

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