Digital Pen Pal: Certificate giving ceremony

Friday 02 December 2016

I congratulate our primary students for being so wonderfully active in the Digital Pen Pal project. It was fascinating to see how much they contributed to building a meaningful learning experience for themselves and all the children involved in the project and enriched the discussions with their take on life in today’s globalised Bangladesh. We would like to continue to provide these windows to the world for our students and thank them and their parents for staying with us in this adventure," - Imran Saifur, Academic Manager of the British Council Teaching Centre, Bangladesh.

The British Council’s Digital Pen Pal project is a global initiative to connect children from different countries so that they can learn about and appreciate cultures around the world through authentic writing that develops their communicative competence in English. It also focuses on 21st century skills like digital skills, social and global awareness and citizenship.

Currently, the participants are the British Council students in Vietnam, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bahrain. They are all aged between nine and 12 and have been placed into carefully chosen groups. Within the groups, they have the opportunity to engage with children from the other countries and find out about each other’s likes and dislikes, culture, traditions, food and celebrations. These are availed through weekly tasks that require them to have authentic discussions and exchange information and ideas and use that information to communicate their understanding of their world.

The platform used for communication is an online learning portal named Edmodo which is the foremost child-friendly educational site in the world. The use of Edmodo allows parents, teachers and country coordinators of the project to monitor the activities regularly.

The certificate giving ceremony of the British Council’s Young Learners’ Digital Pen Pal project was held at the Dhaka University campus office on 2 December 2016. Participants from both the Uttara and Fuller Road Teaching Centres have presented certificates in recognition of their enthusiastic participation after successfully completing the first series of tasks. 35 Bangladeshi participants of the project, along with their parents, attended the certificate giving ceremony.

Imran Saifur, Academic Manager of the British Council Teaching Centre was present at the event. He said, “I congratulate our primary students for being so wonderfully active in the Digital Pen Pal project. It was fascinating to see how much they contributed to building a meaningful learning experience for themselves and all the children involved in the project and enriched the discussions with their take on life in today’s globalised Bangladesh. We would like to continue to provide these windows to the world for our students and thank them and their parents for staying with us in this adventure.”