Welcome to Connecting Classrooms, a global education programme for schools.
Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools jointly funded by the British Council and UK's Department for International Development (DfiD). It is designed to help your people learn aboutglobal issues and become responsible global citizens, as well as giving them skills and understanding to work in a global economy. It offeres school partnerships, professional development courses for teachers, accresitation and the chance to share best practices with international counterparts. It ebcourages cross-cultural engagement and promotes mutual understandinf of values, behaviours and environments.
School Partnerships: We link Bangladeshi schools with schools in the UK. They work together on joint projects, and learn from each other. We also create opportunities for schools to have links with schools around the world through online projects on the Schools Online site. Schools Online is open to any school that wants to take part. There are currently more than 500 Bangladeshi schools involved on the site (http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org).
Professional Devlopment: We have a series of online courses, available for any teacher in Bangladesh to take part in which will help teachers develop their ideas around global citizenship. For teachers and head teachers directly involved in Connecting Classrooms we offer in depth face to face training in a variety of aspects of school leadership and for teaching and learning about global citizenship. We also have more general courses for improving teachers’ ICT and English skills. By sharing best practice and materials globally we create opportunities for educators to adapt modern methodologies for teaching Bangladeshi students in the 21st century.(http://connectingclassrooms-learning.britishcouncil.org./)
Accreditation and Awards: The International School Award provides a framework for schools to record and demonstrate all of their international activity and a pathway to receiving this prestigious award. There are three levels of accreditation to help schools engage internationally, whatever their previous experience (http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/International-School-Award)
Policy Engagement: we are working with policy makers to share international best practise in general education and global citizenship. Through Connecting Classrooms there will be regular national and international events for policy makers to exchange ideas with peers that will help them reflect on their own education policies and strategies.
Social Action: we are working with student councils, schools and communities on hundreds of social action projects each year. These have included educational, environmental and societal projects.
What have we achieved so far?
In 2011-12 more than 25,000 students from across Bangladesh were involved in Connecting Classrooms activities. More than 500 schools from different parts of Bangladesh are now using ‘SchoolsOnline’. More than 200 schools have run social action projects and more than 100 schools have worked on international projects with schools in the UK.
Working with DNET we have established 50 ‘Smart Classrooms’ and 15 ‘Computer Literacy Centres.’ These are all solar powered so accessible all of the time.
In partnership with the Prime Minster’s Office ‘Access to Information’ project we are working with the Ministry of Education on a new Content Management System for an online portal for ICT educational resources. This will include the ability to blog so that teachers can share their views on the content or on any other educational topics.
Through our Climate4Classrooms project we have a bank of climate resources for schools available in Bangla and English. These resources have been mapped onto the Bangladeshi curriculum to help teachers use them.
By 2015 we will be working with schools in all 64 districts of Bangladesh. The schools will work together in local networks to share their different experiences of and learning from Connecting Classrooms.
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