The British Council and the UK Government Department for International Development have joined forces to bring you a new Connecting Classrooms programme for schools. It combines the best of the original Connecting Classrooms programme with the best of the Global School Partnerships initiative.
School Leadership Course: The pilot School Leadership programme commenced in December 2010 with the training of 24 facilitators across Sub Saharan Africa. The trained facilitators conducted training workshops in their countries, tailoring each training session to suit the local situation. Each session can last up to three days. Training workshops are currently taking place in eighteen countries across the Sub Saharan Africa region. Course modules include: Schools as Organisations, Communicating a Vision, Creating A Vision, Leading Learning, Building A Team, Leadership Styles, Self Evaluation, Community Engagement, Pupil’s Voice, Action Planning, Coaching, Managing Change School Leadership Mentoring Programme: This programme starts by the gathering of relevant stakeholders and policy makers to discuss which aspects of School Leadership they would want to be addressed in detail in their countries. This is obviously specific to the individual needs and priorities of the country / region. The mentorship programme is currently piloting in Nigeria and Sudan.
Connecting Classrooms Sudan
Sudan WebinarWednesday 14th November
Sudan, in NE Africa, is about one-fourth the size ofFacts about Sudan the United States. Its neighbours are Chad and the Central African Republic to the west, Egypt and Libya to the north, Ethiopia and Eritrea to the east, and South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the south.Population: 41,980,182 (July 2010 est.)Ethnic groups: Blacks 52%, Arab 39%, Beja6%, foreigners 2%, other 1%Religions: Sunni Muslim 70% (in north),Christian 5% (mostly in south Kordofan andKhartoum), indigenous beliefs 25%Languages: Arabic (official), English (official),Nubian, diverse dialects of Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic,Sudanic languagesEducation expenditures: 6% of GDP (1991)
Diversity and CultureOne of the most striking characteristics of The Sudan is thediversity of its people. Sudans ethnic and linguistic diversityremains one of the most complex in the world. The Sudaneseare divided among 19 major ethnic groups and about 597subgroups and speak more than 400 languages and dialects.
Sudan’s School System:• Education in Sudan is free and compulsory for children aged 6 to 13 years.• Primary education consists of eight years, followed by three years of secondaryeducation. The former educational ladder 6 + 3 + 3 was changed in 1990.• The primary language at all levels is Arabic.•The literacy rate is 70.2% of the total population, male: 79.6%, female: 60.8%.The main challenge facing education in Sudan is the low government expenditure in theeducation sector. The opportunity for improvement has emerged through thepopulation’s awareness of the importance of education. 4
Education in Sudan 8 – 3 – 3 System •Schools are concentrated in urban areas; Higher Education • In 2001 the World Bank From 17 years estimated that primary enrollment was 46 percent of eligible pupils and 21 percent of Secondary Education (3 years) 14 – 16 years secondary students. Optional •Enrollment varies widely, falling below 20 percent in some provinces. Basic Education (8 years) 6 – 13 years •Sudan has 19 universities; Compulsory instruction is primarily in Arabic.
What’s it like in Sudan? www.britishcouncil.org 6
What’s it like in Sudan?• It is not just about partnership• but it is a life long human• relationship.• A huge warm welcome• and exposure to culture.
Why Form a Partnership with Sudan?Sudan is a great country with amazing diversity and a multicultural population. The people ofSudan are very welcoming and ready to help and support visitors. Unfortunately the media isdepicting Sudan as a war zone, while the reality is totally different as the clashes are concentratedon Darfur and South Sudan’s borders (around 800 to 1300 km away from Khartoum). The rest ofthe country, especially the areas where Connecting Classrooms is running their activities are verysecure places. Experience for UK Learn Why: from Sudan how to •Exchange of ideas and achieve a lot with limited work experiences resources •Enjoy effective and • Explore the diversity and enthusiastic partnerships multicultural environment with Sudanese schools in Sudan •Sudanese teachers and • Contribute to the students are very development of other committed to partnership countries education requirements system • Sudanese teachers and • Exposure for UK students are eager to learn teachers and students www.britishcouncil.org 8 about other people’s culture
International School Award• British Council accreditation framework for schools• Currently, more than 3,000 schools have accreditation which lasts for three years.• There are three steps to the award: Foundation, Intermediate and Full.• To achieve accreditation, schools are required to submit a portfolio that shows evidence of their international activities and the impact they have had, alongside examples of their commitment to global learning at an institutional level.
Partnership with Sudanese SchoolsSchool Leadership CourseAround 60 schools have joined the Schools Onlinewebpage http://www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonlineand we can help you connect with them directly andoffer you more details on geographical location, andany other needed information.You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org www.britishcouncil.org 10