“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
Working with schools in
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
Field Hockey is the national sport but Cricket is the national passion. Squash, Kabbadi,
Wrestling, Tennis, Boxing, Polo, Football and Athletics are also popular.
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
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)
Regional and Gender disparities in education
Insecurity of teachers and pupils in some parts of the country
Why partner with Pakistan? What are the benefits
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.
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
Recognition for your school through the British Council's International School
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.
How can the British Council help you partner with
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
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
Some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh
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
For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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