With the ever changing nature of the world as we know it, socially, economically and environmentally, it’s vital that young citizens know their place in the world. Teaching them about global issues is imperative.
Our global education programme for Schools, Connecting Classrooms, is specifically designed to help teachers do this.
We aim to give all young people the opportunity to succeed in a globalised society. Connecting Classrooms enables students and their teachers to:
- understand issues of worldwide importance
- gain a sense of social responsibility
- develop skills to succeed in the global economy.
Since we launched Connecting Classrooms in June 2012, we’ve supported 248 school links between the UK and Bangladesh, delivered courses and online training to nearly 3,000 teachers, and developed the leadership skills of another 240 head teachers across the country
How we're connecting classrooms
Classrooms are connected in a variety of ways, including partnerships, online collaborations, grants for teachers to visit their partner schools, professional development opportunities and the International School Award (ISA).
Is your school involved in a partnership with a school in the UK? If so, you could be eligible for funding from the Connecting Classrooms programme. Getting involved will help you develop your young people as global citizens and as a teacher, you will also benefit through sharing best practice with colleagues in other countries.
You can be part of this exciting initiative.
It’s free and simple to set up your first partnership, and we can help you incorporate global themes into your school’s curriculum and build lasting international relationships.
Grants are also available to help you set up visits with partner schools and to support projects.
If you’re interested or want to know more, check the British Council Schools Online website.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We also offer workshops and online courses to help you get the most out of school partnerships.
Our online courses provide information and advice on:
- the Connecting Classrooms programme
- education for global citizenship
- inter-cultural and global awareness
- successful, lasting partnerships
- ICT for international collaboration
- English for international exchange.
To register and get started on one of our courses visit the Connecting Classrooms Learning website.
We strongly recommend that the Learning online with Connecting Classrooms course is taken before you attempt the other courses. We have now developed all the courses in Bangla - once you are logged into the Professional Development page, you will be able to access the courses in Bangla.
You can also get involved with a face-to-face workshop, tailored specifically for teachers in Bangladesh and focused on promoting global citizenship. The programme is divided into introductory and advanced level and is designed to:
- enable you to share experiences and knowledge
- benefit you whether you have basic or extensive global citizenship and international experience
- renew enthusiasm
- generate new ideas you can implement at school
- encourage and equip you to strengthen the international nature of your school’s curriculum.
The Connecting Classrooms Leadership programme for head teachers and senior educators focuses on developing essential leadership skills, while, uniquely, applying these skills to the context of embedding an international dimension in the curriculum and ethos of a school. Through training, exchanges and benchmarking, the programme encourages educators to fine-tune their professional skills and practices for the benefit for all.
In Bangladesh, this programme facilitates the opportunity to meet other school leaders to discuss range of topics, sharpen skills and explore different types of leadership styles. There is a suite of 22 modules, which provide a valuable resource as the materials can be re-used within teams back in the workplace.
To learn about the themes of the 22 modules, please visit the School Leadership page.
International School Award
With the International School Award (ISA), we recognise schools that have shown a strong commitment to their partner schools – or; those which continue to enrich their students’ lives, inspiring interest in international cultures and global issues.
It’s free and the three levels of accreditation (foundation; intermediate; full) are open to all schools.
We recommend that the school aims for the Full Accreditation of the ISA. However, we encourage schools to apply for the level that best suits the needs of the school. Please visit ISA Bangladesh to learn more about the three entry points and how you can get started on applying for the ISA for your school.
Social Action Projects
Social Action Projects (SAPs) create opportunities for young students to explore their leadership capacity around social issues. We work with student councils, schools and communities each year on educational, environmental and community projects. Since the launch of Connecting Classrooms in 2012, we have supported more than 300 schools and nearly 100,000 students to carry out SAPs across Bangladesh.
Visit the Connecting Classrooms website to find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme and to learn how you can get involved.