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“Connecting Classrooms has provided an
opportunity for pupils to gain an awareness and
understanding of different communit...
Facts about Pakistan
 A South Asian country with more than 190 million population, half under 25 years
 A federal parlia...
Education system in Pakistan
 The constitution requires the state to provide free primary and secondary education.
 Nati...
Education Challenges
Article 25A enshrines the Right to Education in the constitution, however:
 Only 1.5-2.0% of GNP spe...
Why partner with Pakistan? What are the benefits
for pupils?
 A real life global context for the whole curriculum .
 Lea...
What are the benefits for teachers and educators?
 A chance to improve teaching skills and the curriculum by sharing best...
How can the British Council help you partner with
Pakistan?
 We can support you in:
 Finding a partner – or school ‘clus...
Which areas of Pakistan can you visit?
 British Council manages regular UK school partner visits to host schools in line ...
Next steps
 Register at British Council
 British Council will suggest potential school partners in Pakistan and connect ...
Feedback from participants
 “I never knew it snowed in Pakistan. They are like us really aren’t they sir, in lots of
ways...
Contact us
schools@britishcouncil.org
www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline
www.britishcouncil.org/isa
www.britishcouncil.o...
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  1. 1. “Connecting Classrooms has provided an opportunity for pupils to gain an awareness and understanding of different communities living in their area, and in the wider world” - Bradford teacher Working with schools in Pakistan
  2. 2. Facts about Pakistan  A South Asian country with more than 190 million population, half under 25 years  A federal parliamentary republic consisting of four provinces and four federal territories.  Islamabad is the capital while Karachi in Sindh and Lahore in Punjab are mega cities. Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkwa and Mirpur in Kashmir are other prominent cities.  Pakistan comprises many diverse cultures and ethnic groups: the Punjabis in the centre, Kashmiris to the east, Sindhis, Muhajirs and Makrani in the south: Baloch and Pashtun in the west; and the ancient Dardic, Wakhi, and Burusho in the north.  Pakistani cuisine is a blend of cooking traditions from different regions of the Indian subcontinent.  Field Hockey is the national sport but Cricket is the national passion. Squash, Kabbadi, Wrestling, Tennis, Boxing, Polo, Football and Athletics are also popular.
  3. 3. Education system in Pakistan  The constitution requires the state to provide free primary and secondary education.  National literacy Rate 58% (69% Male & 45% Female)  Education is divided into: Primary, Middle, Secondary, Higher Secondary.  In rural areas 57% children (aged 6-16) are in public schools, 17% Private, 2% Madrasa with 18% never enrolled and 5% dropping out.  In urban areas 38% are in public schools, 52% in private, 1.8% madrasa with 7% never enrolled or dropping out. (Source: Annual State of Education Report Pakistan)  Over 500 schools offer UK School exams managed by the British Council
  4. 4. Education Challenges Article 25A enshrines the Right to Education in the constitution, however:  Only 1.5-2.0% of GNP spent on Education  Shortage of resource including human resource  Low levels of literacy and numeracy  Millions of children out of school  Multiple medium of instruction (Urdu, English, Pashto, Sindhi)  Teacher absenteeism  Overcrowded classrooms  Regional and Gender disparities in education  Insecurity of teachers and pupils in some parts of the country
  5. 5. Why partner with Pakistan? What are the benefits for pupils?  A real life global context for the whole curriculum .  Learning is real, relevant and exciting, and builds motivation and self-confidence.  Understanding Pakistani and South Asian culture, society and education  Understanding their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.  Preparing to work in a global economy and build a fairer, more sustainable world.  Motivation to build trust between communities in Pakistan and the UK.
  6. 6. What are the benefits for teachers and educators?  A chance to improve teaching skills and the curriculum by sharing best practice  Opportunities to visit your partner school in Pakistan with the British Council.  A greater understanding of other countries, their cultures and their education systems.  Recognition for your school through the British Council's International School Award.  Resources to help you explore social, environmental, and cultural themes.  Access to online British Council-run professional development courses.  A way to engage your local community and connect with other local schools.
  7. 7. How can the British Council help you partner with Pakistan?  We can support you in:  Finding a partner – or school ‘cluster’ partner - and helping you apply  Funding your partnership  Managing your visit safely - visas, travel, accommodation, meet and greet etc.  Advice and support every step of the way
  8. 8. Which areas of Pakistan can you visit?  British Council manages regular UK school partner visits to host schools in line with FCO travel advice, in:  Islamabad Capital Territory  Punjab  Kashmir  Some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh
  9. 9. Next steps  Register at British Council  British Council will suggest potential school partners in Pakistan and connect you  Develop a joint application for Connecting Classrooms grant funded partnership  The next application deadlines are 28th June and 28th October 2013  For more info, please email schools@britishcouncil.org
  10. 10. Feedback from participants  “I never knew it snowed in Pakistan. They are like us really aren’t they sir, in lots of ways” – a Year One pupil, Oldham  “The link with Pakistan has been a significant learning journey for many of the teachers” - a teacher in Birmingham  “ This project, and my visit to Abbottabad, has been one of the most inspiring experiences in my whole 30-year teaching career” – a teacher in Durham
  11. 11. Contact us schools@britishcouncil.org www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline www.britishcouncil.org/isa www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms
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