Teachers from four provinces across Afghanistan gathered at Mariam Girls High School in Kabul in a bid to internationalise their curriculum-based activities by signing up to a pioneering award competition on Wednesday 14 April, 2010.
The British Council invited fifteen English teachers from three provinces (five each from Connecting Classrooms clusters in Balkh, Herat and Kandahar) as well as five from our Kabul North cluster, for training on the prestigious International Schools Award (ISA) accreditation scheme.
The British Council initiative in partnership with the Department for Children Schools and Families recognises and celebrates good practice in adding an international dimension to the school curriculum by strengthening educational and cultural ties with the UK.
It is the first time that ever that the International School Awards have been introduced in Afghanistan.
Bashir Ahmad, a teacher from Inqilab High School Herat said: 'It is a really good opportunity for schools to work at an international level and to international standards; we will try to run successful international activities with our partner schools in the UK.’
Deputy Director of British Council Afghanistan, Daud Rasool, said: 'All of the participating teachers showed great interest in the award and they went away feeling clear about the selection criteria, application procedures and all other requirements related to the award. The teachers affirmed that all of their schools will apply for the award this year'.