Lahore: The British Council, Punjab Chapter has announced to launch the project of British Council Schools in 12 different districts of the province by entering into partnership with the public sector schools from the next year.
Under this project 72 public sector schools will be granted the status of “British Council Schools.” The British Council shall adopt 6 schools each from the districts of Khushab, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Okara, Sahiwal, Vehari, Khanewal, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh and DG Khan. Director British Council Punjab Richard Wayers stated this during his meeting with the Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed at his office on Sunday.
Giving the details of this programme, he told that teachers training workshops have already begun while 26 teachers from Bahawalapur, 17 from Multan, 12 from Faisalabad, 20 from Sialkot, 26 from Jhelum and 24 from schools of Chakwal, besides 250 teachers of 125 public sector schools, have been developed as master trainers through various online courses adding that 500 other teachers will be given training in the educational concepts like professional development and global citizenship etc. While they will also be imparted English language and computer skills’ training to further improve their intellectual ken and broaden their cosmopolitan world-view.
The meeting decided to get enrolled 2500 students in various government schools during the next 3 months under a pilot project to be jointly launched by Punjab Education Department in collaboration with British Council Punjab.
The social workers of five different NGOs attached with the British Council shall remain in constant contact with the school administration and the students’ parent so that the students may not drop out from the schools.
The meeting was told that the social workers belonging to Awaz Foundation (Muzaffargarh), Women Rights Association (Multan), Participatory Welfare Services (Layyah), Sudhar Society (Sialkot and Narowal) and Anwar Jannat Memorial Foundation (Jhang) shall voluntarily contribute in this project. On the occasion, Director Youth and Society Project British Council Punjab Saadia Rehman, English language consultant Ms Daniel Sooper Bhatt and Project Director Saad Bajwa briefed the Education Minister that British Council shall monitor the enrolment drive in all over the country through its 15 thousand volunteers in 60 different districts so that this campaign could achieve its targets.