The British Council Bangladesh has handed over the prestigious International School Award (ISA) to 168 schools under its ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme across the country for their outstanding performances. The event was held on 6 November 2019, at Hotel Radisson Blu Water Garden.
Through UK-Bangladesh school partnerships, Connecting Classrooms programme provides opportunities for schools, madrassahs, students, and teachers in Bangladesh to engage, connect, and interact with their counterparts in the UK and other countries through digital media. Connecting Classrooms programme is implementing ISA which accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for nurturing global citizenship in young people and enriching teaching and learning. ISA was introduced in Bangladesh in the year 2012 and more than 5,000 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then.
Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, MP, Honourable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education has attended the event as the Chief Guest, along with Prof. Ahmed Sajjad Rashid, Director General, National Academy for Educational Management, Ministry of Education. Kanbar Hossein-Bor, Honourable UK Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Adrian Chadwick, Regional Director, South Asia, British Council, Tom Miscioscia, Director Bangladesh were present in the event along with other top officials from the British Council including David Maynard, Director Education, and Musharraf Tansen, Head of Schools.
On this occasion, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury said, “Connecting Classroom programme developed by the British Council is helping the young people and teachers across different cultures to develop trust and mutual understanding between them. It is also creating a more connected and safer world for the future generation.”
Kanbar Hossein-Bor added, “By bringing an international dimension to the learning, Connecting Classrooms is enabling the young people to develop the skills and cultural awareness that they need to become active global citizens, preparing them for life and work in a global society.”
Regarding the event, Musharraf Tansen said, “Connecting Classroom programme is strengthening international collaboration through virtual and face-to-face partnerships between schools in the UK and Bangladesh. It is also contributing to the improved teaching pedagogy and the use of core skills in the curriculum of the schools.”
In this event, around 168 schools have joined with the British Council in celebrating their success in embedding international dimensions in their lessons. The cultural performance was held by students from Narayanganj Govt. Girls’ High School.