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“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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Contact us
schools@britishcouncil.org
www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline
www.britishcouncil.org/isa
www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms

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Partnerships with Pakistan

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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