British Council to offer training to teachers in North East

The British Council has decided to offer training to 1600 teachers on subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science in ten months in eight northeastern states, as per PTI report. The British Council Thursday signed a MoU with the North Eastern Council (NEC) for imparting training to 1600 teachers on English, Mathematics and Science throughout ten months in eight northeastern states, officials said. The 2-phase pilot project, which will begin from November this year, will see academicians of the British Council imparting training to 100 teachers each from each state in the North East, they said.

“A MoU was signed at the NEC secretariat here between the British Council and the NEC for imparting training to English, Mathematics and Science teachers in the region to improve quality of teaching,” NEC Human Resources Development Director Siile Anthony told the news agency. He said training would be for primary and secondary school teachers of government and private schools, the identification of which would be done by respective state governments.

In the first phase, teachers of each state would start to take training, and the best 50 would be further trained to become master trainers. Anthony said the master trainers would then go to remote blocks and begin imparting similar training to other teachers in the region. The second phase of the training program will start from April 2019, he said. The NEC has projected expenditure of Rs. 4.66 crore for logistics, food and lodging while the state governments will provide training infrastructure, added the report.

Agreement

Alan Gemmell, OBE, Director British Council India and Siile Anthony, Director (HRD and E), North Eastern Council (NEC), yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the eight States of the North East. The MoU will support the higher education, English language, skills and cultural aspirations for the young people from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, according to PTI report.

As a result of this of this MoU, artists and the cultural community of all the Northeast states would get the opportunity to share culture, creativity and ideas with the UK. Government school teachers and faculty members of higher education institutions would gain access to English Language learning, quality education and internationally benchmarked assessments, said a statement from British Council India, noted the report.

The MoU will work towards improving English communication of State civil servants, developing capacity-building initiatives in State Governments, supporting improvements in the teaching of Mathematics and Science, capacity-building programmes for faculty and senior administrators of higher education institutions and it will seek to increase student and academic mobility, for all 8 states of the region, the statement added.

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