Connecting Classrooms phase four launched
World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. On this occasion, the British Council launched the fourth phase of Connecting Classrooms in Bangladesh and organised the programme 'Celebrating Contribution of Teachers' on 29 October 2018 at the British Council Dhaka University campus office, says a press release.
The joint celebrations were dedicated to support and celebrate teachers across the world and to demonstrate the joint commitment of the British Council and DFID for the cause. This event brought together students, teachers, head teachers, policy makers and education experts.
Md Sohorab Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest. Alison Blake CMG, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh was the special guest and Professor Mohammad Shamsul Huda, Director General (Acting), Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education was present as the guest of honour. Dr Mahmudul Haq, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education was also present in the event.
David Maynard, Director of Education and English, British Council welcomed all the distinguished guests. A group of students shared their thoughts about their teachers and expressed their gratitude to them for their contribution to the betterment of their lives. Few teachers were also invited to share their unique stories about how they have made changes in their teaching-learning methods and how they have worked towards creating an enabling environment in their schools for better and enhanced learning.
Amy Lightfoot, Regional Education and English Academic Lead of South Asia presented the keynote speech on global learning. It gave an idea how Connecting Classrooms, through Global Learning (CCGL) programme from 2018 to 2021, will provide opportunities for young people to learn about and take consequent action on global issues, as well as to develop their key transferable skills.
Professor Mohammad Shamsul Huda, Director General (Acting), Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education said, "DSHE has been supporting the British Council in implementing its flagship programme in education, Connecting Classrooms in Bangladesh for last few years. I hope this partnership will go on. DSHE and the British Council jointly will work to achieve the goals and will make it a success."
Through Connecting Classrooms, the British Council in Bangladesh reached over 7,000 teachers, over 5,000 head-teachers, over 2,160,000 students and arranged more than ten policy events which involved more than 300 policy makers till now. As a continuation of achievements, the on-going journey of the Connecting Classrooms programme is enteringits fourth phase now.
Finally, Md. Sohorab Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Education announced the official launch of Connecting Classrooms phase four in Bangladesh. He said, "The world has become more complex now and our young generation need to have appropriate knowledge and skill to ensure better future. Along with many education initiatives, Connecting Classrooms will contribute to ensure that better future."