The British Council and Bangladesh Government Access to Information (A2I), in association with the Ministries of Education and Primary and Mass Education, hosted a three day teachers’ conference at the south west Bangladeshi beautiful coastline Cox’s Bazar – the longest beach in the world (120km).
The aim of the conference was to inspire teachers in Bangladesh to prepare digital content for use in multimedia classrooms. More than 300 teachers from across the country and more than 1000 students attended the conference.
The Government has introduced multimedia classrooms in over 23,000 schools across Bangladesh. Primary and Mass Education Minister, Mostafizur Rahman, confirmed that the use of technology should be increased in the education sector to keep pace with global competition.
The conference focussed around two main themes: 'effective teaching – the learning process' and 'teachers' professional development'.
A significant contribution was made by our Connecting Classroom coordinators and school ambassadors, who presented and shared best practice with regards to leadership, integrating ICT into the wider curriculum, the utilisation of multimedia rooms and the increasingly popular Teachers’ Portal, and development of 21st century teaching and learning skills. These skills include effective communication, critical thinking, creativity, data analysis, team work & task management, learning to learn and information/ICT literacy.
Acting Director of the British Council Bangladesh, Brendan McSharry, was delighted to spend valuable time with two Education Ministers, three Director Generals from the Ministry and numerous prominent national and international delegates.
The British Council is at the heart of the Government's future planning for digital classrooms in Bangladesh.