Monday 31 March 2014


British Council and DFID to co-fund £4.2m project as part of historic education agreement between Burma and the UK

Teachers in Burma are set to benefit from a breakthrough English language training scheme, signalling a milestone in the country’s redevelopment. 

Co-funded by the British Council and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the £4.2 million ‘English for Education College Trainers’ (EfECT) project aims to improve  English language proficiency and teacher training in the country by placing two native English trainers in each of Burma’s 21 Education Colleges and two Institutes of Education.

Highlighting significant progress in the UK-Burma relationship, the new scheme is part of a wider Memorandum of Understanding on education between Burma and the British Council – the first to be signed by the Ministry of Education in Burma and a foreign institution at ministerial level.

Kevin Mackenzie, Director British Council Burma, said: “The role of educational and cultural relations has perhaps never been more relevant in Burma. The EfECT programme, as part of our wider education agreement between the British Council and Burmese Ministry of Education, undoubtedly has an important part to play. Not only is it unprecedented in terms of our commitment to teacher training but it marks a significant and very practical step forward in education reform in this country.

“After many decades of working in extremely difficult circumstances we are proud and excited to be bringing the UK’s English language teaching expertise to these crucial state educational institutions. We look forward to continuing to help Burma’s people engage more with the international community and achieve their life goals.”

With roll-out beginning in September 2014, approximately 1,300 teacher educators are set to receive the training over the next two years. The project aims to make a broad impact on both levels of English and the quality of education offered in state schools.

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