With the ever changing nature of the world as we know it, socially, economically and environmentally, it’s vital that young citizens know their place in the world. Teaching them about global issues is imperative. Our global education programme for Schools and Connecting Classrooms is specifically designed to help teachers do this. 

Connecting Classrooms is run in partnership with the UK Government Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and it helps young people learn about global issues, giving them skills to work in a global economy. 

We aim to give all young people the opportunity to succeed in a globalised society. Connecting Classrooms enables students and their teachers to:

  • understand issues of worldwide importance 
  • gain a sense of social responsibility 
  • develop skills to succeed in the global economy.  

Through these partnerships (FCDO and the British Council), the programme develops understanding and trust between young people in different societies, creating a safer and more connected world for the future.

Connecting Classrooms in Kenya

Connecting Classrooms has been running in Kenya since 2007 where teachers are offered face to face and online professional development courses to deepen their experiences in several practise areas including School Leadership, ICT and classroom pedagogy.

Connecting Classrooms in Kenya aims to: 

1.Facilitate system improvement from access to quality to engagement by providing enabling consultancy 

2.Provide services that supports practitioners to deliver quality education

3.Transformation education systems through building a body of research that is publicly available 

OUR SUCCESS SO FAR

From 2015 to date, Connecting Classrooms has provided consultancy to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to that has resulted in the publication of the Kenya Basic Education framework that has paved way for the development of Kenya’s new competency based curriculum. 

During this time, the programme has offered training to 2800 school leaders and teachers in 31 counties in Kenya aimed at supporting teachers to integrate core skills and competencies into their lessons to fill critical gaps in pupil competencies. 

A learning and engagement study was undertaken across 33 schools in 6 counties in order to address three questions: 

1.To what extend are core skills enhanced in teaching, learning and assessment?

2.How is the core skills implemented against the core skills continuum?

3.What aspects (knowledge/approaches/ideas) on core skills enhancement can be identified (incubated/curated) as exemplary practices?

A report will be available shortly with the outcome of the study.

Continuing Professional Development

The British Council Connecting Classrooms is run in partnership with the UK Government Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and it helps young people learn about global issues, giving them skills to work in a global economy. 

Between October 2019 and March 2021, 700 selected teachers from 140 schools in Meru and Kiambu Counties were taken through an intensive 4 - 6 months professional development programme aimed at supporting them improve their teaching practice and integrating the core knowledge and skills into their lessons to fill critical gaps in pupil competencies.

The teacher preparation programme focused on the teaching of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS) skills, using a blended model of face to face, virtual sessions, school based practical classroom activities, and a reflection session. The teacher preparation further focused on literacy and numeracy skills which have been established as fundamental and areas of concern in the region. 

How to get involved

1.Register your school with British Council Schools Online.

2.Find one UK and one African school to partner with.

3.Join the Connecting Classrooms teacher network.

4.Access free teacher training materials on Schools Online

5.Enrol and complete any of the core skills courses online.

 

More information

Visit the Connecting Classrooms website to find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme and to learn how you can get involved.

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