The British Council is one of the top leading organizations in the Kingdom of Bahrain that organizes and ensures delivery of teachers training and development of classroom resources to enhance teaching methodology in schools in Bahrain.
The training workshop was part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project and was delivered by Adrian Blight from ‘Imagine Education’ (UK) Ltd; a private company that specializes in providing support for leadership and strategic planning and works in over 40 countries around the world. 18 government schools took part in the workshop, which included all sectors; primary, intermediate and secondary.
Some of the schools that took part in the workshop were Sanad Primary School for Girls, Hidd Primary School for Boys, East Riffa Intermediate School for Girls, Ibn Rushd Intermediate School for Boys, Al Hoora Secondary School for Girls and Ahmed Al Omran Secondary School for Boys. Eight private schools also participated in the workshop, these schools included; Al Hekma International school, Al Iman School, Taylos School, Middle East School, AMA International School, Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School, Al Wisam School and Modern Education School.
Sadaf Arif, a teacher from Al Iman School said “It was a fabulous workshop involving amazing teaching strategies and above all a very effective way and source of collaboration with other schools around the world that would really benefit our students in today’s world of globalization. I am indeed looking forward to some more workshops like these.” Emad Rashad; an English teacher from Ahmed Al Omran Secondary Boys School was impressed by both the organization and the content of the workshop by saying “The workshop has been well organized which is like always a standard of British Council’s workshops as well as the content and knowledge provided by the trainer in a very interesting and interactive way, I hope to attend similar workshops that are beneficial to both the teachers and students.”
The school professional development training workshop focused on developing skills through introducing the teachers to the Connecting Classrooms programme and developing a clearer understanding of designing and running international projects. This approach will help schools explore global citizenship and employ student skills through linked projects with schools in the UK and in other countries to share the best practice in order to help increase schools knowledge and understanding of the contemporary approaches of leading educational change in schools.
Adrian Blight; the trainer was impressed by the mixture and diversity of the groups, he was delighted that the two school sectors within the country were able to participate, which in return gave a higher impact of the workshop due to the different approaches employed by each school. He commented “Teachers are motivated and eager to learn more. The expectations for schools in Bahrain are higher than in other countries, perhaps in terms of accessibility to technology.”
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