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 introducing the Connecting Classrooms programme in 2003, British Council Tanzania has connected almost 300 classrooms across UK, Tanzanian and other African schools. We have also facilitated more than 100 teacher exchange visits between the various countries.
In 2013, more than 1700 Tanzanian teachers took part in British Council training and successfully received ICT and Global Citizenship certification, while a further 50 Teachers from across the country received Accreditation from the University of Dar es Salaam College of Education. Over 90 Tanzanian schools received funding for further international partnerships, with more funding available for similar purposes in 2014.
'Through the richness of activities in Connecting Classrooms, we teachers have been able to improve our ICT skills, share experiences and also expand to reach more teachers from different schools. Our students have actively taken part in school debates, sports, ICT and gaining knowledge on the side effects of early pregnancies. We have also greatly improved our environmental management and conservation through the tools obtained through Connecting Classrooms.' – Margareth Doriye, Head of School, Jangwani Girl’s Secondary School
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).