“It was remarkable to see 200 children who allwanted to learn, sitting in front of one teacherwithout there being any behaviour issues. It wasinspiring to see children with a real delight inbeing in a place where they can learn and whoseem to be fully aware of the real benefits thatcome from education”.Geography Teacher, Perth Grammar SchoolWorking with schools inBangladesh
BangladeshFacts about Bangladesh Bangladesh has a population of around 160 million people and is one of the mostdensely populated countries in the world. About one third of the population are below 14 years of age and there are about 17million children of primary and a further 17 million of secondary school age The majority of children of primary school age are enrolled in school but only about halfof secondary school age children enroll. Dropout at both levels is high. A much smallerpercentage (approx. 10% of the age cohort) go on to study at higher/tertiary level. Compulsory Primary Education Act passed in 1990 leading to enrolment at primary levelof over 100% in 18,000 primary schools by 1997 Gender equality reached at primary and secondary level by the early 2000s – supportedby the flagship ‘Female Stipend Programme’ A growing tertiary sector with expansion of provision in both public and private sectors The first National Education Policy approved by the Government in May 2010 Significant Contribution of NGOs, particularly in relation to access
BangladeshEducation system in Bangladesh One of the largest education systems in the world with over 35 million children ofprimary and secondary school age Nearly 100% of children studying at the primary level, about 50% at secondary and10% at tertiary Four main tiers of education: pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher/tertiary Formal education mainly delivered through three streams: general government,technical and vocational and madrasha Growing private provision, though mainly in urban areas Non-formal education delivered through over 500 NGOs to 10% of the age cohort Strong political support for education with a growing budget in cash terms though lowas a proportion of GDP compared to other countries in the region Highly centralized system with little decentralization of budgets and decision making
BangladeshEducation Challenges Improving the quality of education delivered – more accessible curriculum andtextbooks together with more effective teachers and teacher management Greater decentralisation with more decision making at lower levels Unifying the different streams of education – government, madrasha and private –through agreeing a basic curriculum entitlement Meeting equity targets including targets for female teachers and improving girls’performance as well as enrolment rates Upgrading the status of higher education to meet with international standards
BangladeshWhy partner with Bangladesh? What are thebenefits for pupils? A real life global context for the whole curriculum . Learning is real, relevant and exciting, and builds motivation and self-confidence. Understanding Bangladeshi and South Asian culture, society and education Helping students understanding their rights and responsibilities as global citizens. Preparing students for work in a global economy and building a fairer, moresustainable world. Motivation to build trust between communities in Bangladesh and the UK.
BangladeshWhat 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 Bangladesh with the British Council. A greater understanding of other countries, their cultures and their educationsystems. Recognition for your school through the British Councils International SchoolAward. 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.
BangladeshHow can the British Council help you partner withBangladesh?We can support you in: Finding a partner – or school ‘cluster’ partner - and helping you apply Funding your partnership Managing your visit safely – e.g. help with local travel and accommodation. Advice and support every step of the way
BangladeshWhich areas of Bangladesh can you visit? British Council manages regular UK school partner visits to host schools in line withFCO travel advice, across the country British Council Bangladesh also works with the Ministry of Education and the localDistrict Education Officers to make visits successful
BangladeshNext steps Register on the British Council Schools Online sitehttp://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/ British Council will suggest potential school partners in Bangladesh and connect you Develop a joint application for a Connecting Classrooms partnership grant Deadlines each term so apply when you and your partner school are ready For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Apply before 28 June 2013
BangladeshFeedback from participants who have worked with Bangladesh “Connecting Classrooms has been just fantastic. It would be a great shame if projectslike this were lost. It has enhanced our curriculum, motivated the learning of the pupilsand helped us to focus on the international dimension in the school.” Headteacher atGreenmount Primary School “Students have really enjoyed taking part and many have improved their attitudetowards Citizenship as a specific subject…This project has really complimented part ofour GCSE course…It is now something we will encourage younger years to getinvolved in.” Teacher from Isle of Wight “This project has had a significant input to the Geography curriculum in our schools. Wefeel greater equipped with real and relevant resources to assist delivery” Teacher fromSwansea