GLOBAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME Connecting classrooms

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Three thousands teachers and 3000 school leaders in the country are at present enrolled in a programme which aims to build capacity with an integration of a range of core skills into the academic curriculum. The three years 2015-2018 is the third phase of ‘connecting classrooms’, British Council’s flagship global education programme, co-funded by Department for International Development. This is designed to help young people develop knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy and make a positive contribution locally and globally.

Critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration are skills that are important for success in today’s world. Encouraging these skills in the classroom through their integration within the curriculum allows students to engage actively with them. The program designing believes that good practice will integrate these skills in a manner that helps students solve real world problems similar to those they will encounter in the world of work and later life.

Narayangonj Govt. Girls High School is one institution which is tagged with the program. During a visit of a media team from Dhaka, it was learnt that they have partnered with Pakistan’s Army Public School, UK’s The Grove Junior School and Boston Spa School. As part of the program they have so far shared a number of initiatives which includes helping the poor children, tree plantation, protesting terrorism, using waste, fruit festival, world daughter day, world teacher’s day, Bangla new year and world peace day. All these activities have been integrated with the six core skills of the program which are collaboration and communication, critical thinking and problem solving, citizenship, creativity and imagination, digital literacy and student leadership.

The programme aims for professional development for teachers and school leaders with sustainable school partnerships between schools in the UK and Bangladesh to foster peer learning. This creates professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that can support national and regional level debate, reflection, knowledge sharing and action. Awards are given to schools that are successful in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy. With online access to high quality resources, it supports teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes.

In the previous two phases of connecting classrooms 2009 to 2012 and 2012 to 2015, 25 thousand students from across Bangladesh were involved in different activities. More than 1300 schools are registered on the schools online where one school can learn the activities of all other schools and thereby engage themselves. As more than 300 schools ran social action projects, more than 150 schools worked on international projects with schools in the UK. 50 smart classrooms’ and 15 ‘computer literacy centre’ were established which uses solar power and are not affected due to the power disruption. The project also funded to build a national web portal for teachers to develop teaching-learning materials. The website teachers.gov.bd

has created opportunities for primary and secondary teachers to develop and utilise online materials.

 

  • Mohammad Ibrahim

    IUB

    On August 27, a seminar on ‘Good Governance in Higher Education Institutions’ held at Independent University, Bangladesh campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka. Eminent educationist and professor of English, Syed Manzoorul Islam was present in the Seminar as the chief guest and delivered key speech on the theme of the programme.

     

    UIU

    On August 24, the department of electrical and electronic engineering at United International University observed a day named ‘EEE DAY 2017’ at its campus. The day-long programme includes various competitions based on robo-soccer, story-writing, mobile photography, research paper and idea generation.

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