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British Council

Connecting Classrooms, a programme the British Council has run since 2008, has developed long-term, sustainable partnerships, supporting schools and the wider community in developing successful, educational partnerships between schools in Ghana and schools in the UK. From its inception, this programme has aimed to raise young people’s awareness of global development issues and equip them with the skills and knowledge to become active global citizens.

Get more informartion about connecting classrooms below:

1. What is the connecting classrooms programme?

Connecting Classrooms is designed to work with school systems in improving learning outcomes for students. Connecting Classrooms is designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy and contribute responsibly both locally and globally through building the capacity of teachers and school leaders. Phase three of Connecting Classrooms, running from 2015-2018, will build the capacity of teachers and school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a new range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:

  • digital literacy
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • creativity and imagination
  • student leadership
  • collaboration and communication
  • citizenship

2. How can I register to participate in the connecting classrooms programme?

Register on the Schools Online website 

3. Will I have to pay a fee to register?

No. The registration process is FREE. You only require a stable internet connection. 

4. Will I require any document to register?

You require an email address and stable internet connection to register. To register as an individual teacher, you do not require any document. To register your school (which makes your school eligible for school partnerships), you will need an introductory letter from your head teacher as proof of your profession as a teacher. You will have to upload this document as part of the registration process.

5. How will I know that my registration has been successful?

An e-mail will be sent to the email you used, confirming the success of the registration. 

6. If I make an error in filling out my details during registration, can I edit it later?

Yes. You can self-edit later

7. After registration, what should I do next?

Log into the British Council Schools Online website to review the various trainings, resources and services you can benefit from.   

8. Will I get opportunity to travel?

The emphasis of the programme is to build the capacity of teachers and school leaders in Ghana to support them to integrate a new range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:

• digital literacy 

• critical thinking and problem solving 

• creativity and imagination 

• student leadership

• collaboration and communication 

• citizenship

There will be opportunity for interested participants to engage with schools, teachers and school leaders in the UK on joint curricular work. 

9. Do trainings attract any fee?

No. The trainings and resources available are fully funded by British Council and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), so trainings are free for participants. Participant however, will have to cater for their own transportation to and from the training venues. 

10. How can my school be selected to be part of the training?

We shall be working through District / Municipal / Metropolitan Education Offices in reaching out to teachers. However, the trainings are also available online for completion at your own pace

11. Where do the trainings take place?

The trainings take place at venues provided by District/Municipal/Metropolitan Directors of Education. These may include conference halls / assembly halls of schools, etc. 

12. How long does the training take?

The trainings are in 2 forms. The introductory course is completed in 1 day, after which participants are eligible to participate in the in-depth courses. 

Each in-depth course takes 3 days; 2 days of face to face training, a 10 – 14 weeks gap during which participants implement the learning and complete a school based activity and then return for the final day of training and debriefing.

 

13. Will I be offered a certificate upon completion?

Yes. Certificates will be provided for participants who complete the entire duration of the training. 

14. Which forms do the trainings take?

There trainings are available as a face-to-face training or as an online course on the Schools Online website (https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/home/regions/ssa). Both seek to build the capacity of teachers and school leaders to support them to integrate a new range of core skills (outlined above) into the curriculum. Once you attend the face to face session, there is no need doing the online version. However, you can do an online course in a different core skill. 

15. Is the programme only for public schools?

No. Both public and private schools from primary to secondary level can register to be part of the trainings. 

16. If I have problem accessing the site or have further questions, whom should I contact?