British Council launches English and Education Initiatives
KATHMANDU, July 17: The British Council successfully completed its three year Global School Partnerships (GSP) program in March 2012 and to continue its legacy, launched another three year program titled “English and Education Initiatives” on July 16, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel in Lazimpat, Kathmandu.
Secretary at Ministry of Education, Kishore Thapa and Under-secretary Hari Lamsal graced the event as Chief Guests. Dr. Robert Monroe, Country Director of British Council, was also present during the event.
“Connecting Classroom is a global education program for schools. It is designed to help young people learn about global themes and become responsible global citizens, as well as giving them the skills to work in a worldwide economy,” stated the press release.
During a presentation by Dr. Monroe in the launch program, he said, “We want every classroom to benefit particularly from our work in teacher training and school engagement. We want the whole education program to benefit as a whole.”
A joint venture between the British Council and the Department for International Development (DFID), the program has been designed in response to an independent review of how best to teach young people about global themes.
English and Education Initiatives have four parallel strands, off which three are directly related to schools. Connecting Classroom, Learn English Mobile, Teach English Radio and a series of master training, and Creativity: English and Education, were officially launched during the program and was briefed by Dr. Monroe in his presentation.
“Learn English Mobile, in partnership with FocusOne Nepal, is an easy way of learning English,” informed Dr. Monroe and demonstrated it. Anyone can send an SMS to 5555 and practice English.
To subscribe to the service, one can send an SMS typing SUB and sending it 5555. To practice English, one can type QUES and send it to the same number. “Each SMS will attract Rs 3 and the service is available to NTC, NCell and UTL users,” informed Ashish Basnet of FocusOne Nepal.
Addressing the launch program, Secretary Thapa said, “English has become an important language globally. I started learning English when I was in grade four but children today are fortunate and start from an early age and can practice at home or at school easily.”
He added that the teacher training programs will also help teachers in community schools to learn more and reciprocate the same to the students.