Connecting Classrooms in Central and South Asia (CSA) held the first ever regional British Council School Ambassadors’ workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 5 – 6 February 2010.
Ten enthusiastic school ambassadors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan attended this two-day professional development training workshop.
Attendees comprised of existing British Council Connecting Classrooms teacher coordinators and representatives from our identified partner organisations who will help us ensure the sustainability and expansion of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme through the Connecting Classrooms Online Community.
During the workshop, they learned new skills in communication; ICT using web tools available in our Connecting Classrooms Online Community, training delivery, project development and how to get support. They also learned how they can help teachers incorporate an international dimension into their school project or joint curriculum with their school partners in other countries.
At the school visit to Agrani School in downtown Dhaka, a demonstration class was conducted to showcase how the ICT kit which has been distributed to each ambassador and includes a laptop, a mobile phone and a solar charger, can enrich students’ project work experience as individual device in the kit can be adapted to serve several pedagogical purposes and works with any class size. Ambassadors thus had a clear idea of optimised use of the ICT kits in the classrooms that goes beyond merely connecting to Connecting Classrooms Online Community.
The workshop also enabled the school ambassadors to have a better understanding of the aims and objectives of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme as well as their role of being an ambassador. This, in turn, will help them become more confident when representing us in recruiting new schools to join our fast expanding Connecting Classrooms Online Community and work with them. Furthermore, the workshop also provided an excellent opportunity to create a network of school ambassadors in the CSA region where they can discuss, exchange their experience and share best practice among themselves online through dedicated forums and live meeting rooms.
Through a strong network of school ambassadors Connecting Classrooms will be able to reach many more schools, teachers and students and through our Connecting Classrooms Online Community we will be able to build trust and understanding among the young generation in the UK and all parts of the world, helping to prepare them to become global citizens of the 21st century.