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.
Moderator At 4:30 begin. Welcome everyone to the webinar. This is the British Council’s grant preparation webinar and over the next hour we are going to give you an introduction to, and advice on, preparing your Connecting Classrooms grant application Start the recording
British Council Connecting Classrooms - school linking with Pakistan
British Council Connecting ClassroomsLinking with a school in Pakistan webinar
WELCOME!Aims of this session:1. An overview of linking with Pakistan2. A case study from Springwell School, Derbyshire
Facts about Pakistan• A South Asian country with more than 180 million population• Islamabad is the capital while Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Peshawar, Quetta, Gujranwala are the other famous cities• Pakistan is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of four provinces and four federal territories.• The society and culture of Pakistan comprises numerous diverse cultures and ethnic groups: the Punjabis,Kashmiris, Sindhis in east, Muhajirs, Makrani in the south: Baloch and Pashtun in the west; and the ancient Dardic, Wakhi, and Burusho communities in the north.• Pakistani cuisine is a blend of cooking traditions from different regions of the Indian subcontinent.• Field Hockey is the national sports but Cricket is national passion, beside this, Squash, Golf, Football, Kabbadi, Wrestling, Lawn Tennis, Boxing, Polo and Athletics are also famous in Pakistan.
Education System in Pakistan• The constitution of Pakistan requires the state to provide free primary and secondary education.• Literacy Rate 58% (69% Male & 45% Female)• Education is divided into five main levels: Primary, Middle, Secondary, Higher Secondary and University programmes leading to graduate and postgraduate degrees.• Some schools offer Cambridge International Exams system through British Council• Pakistan is the 9th largest English speaking country in the world and the 3rd largest in Asia
Challenges in Pakistan’s Education System• 2.2% of GNP• Shortage of resources including human resource• Poverty & Illiteracy• Multiple medium of instruction• Lack of teaching techniques Poor quality of teaching• Cheating in Examination system• Overcrowded classrooms• Regional and Gender disparities• Terrorism & Extremism
Why partnering with Pakistan• To bring change in perceptions and understand the culture of Pakistan.• Despite challenges, our students have great potential to acquire quality education and understand the cultural, economic, religious, political and scientific interdependency .• We can share our better teaching practices especially in Maths, Science and social studies• Reciprocal visits amongst the partner schools for cultural understanding• To build motivation amongst own communities and pupils• To explore new ways of enhancing education for global citizenship.• To give global dimension to our curriculum
Feedback by UK teachers about Pakistan• 03 teachers from Durham visited their partner schools in Abbottabad, Pakistan (09-15 April 2012), Cassie Mary Flint from Teesdle Academy, Durham says – I would very much like to record the fact that this project and specifically my visit to Pakistan and to the five schools in the Abbottabad cluster has been one of the most inspiring for me in my whole teaching career (which spans over 30 years!) – I think Pakistan is a wonderful and truly enterprising country- facing such massive issues especially in terms of education and the promotion of literacy.• 05 teachers including LA official from Derbyshire visited their partner schools in Haripur, Pakistan 15-19 October 2012; Caroline Hoyel from Springwell Community College, Derbyshire says – The hospitality from the people of Pakistan was unforgettable and their generosity and support was heart warming. – Already lots of positive things have been taken from this experience and implemented within the UK schools.
Get in touch• British Council offers variety of opportunities to schools across the world to create partnerships;• www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline• www.britishcouncil.org/isa• www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms• The next deadline for applying for a Connecting Classrooms grant funded partnership with Pakistan is Monday 11th February, 2013.• More info, please contact email@example.com