British Council Rewards Excellence
Recently, the British Council, in partnership with the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), hosted the International Schools Award at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel where corporate partners and schools were recognised for their assistance and participation in the varying educational programmes spearheaded by the cultural arm of the United Kingdom (UK) government.
Digicel Foundation was among the organisations that received special recognition and awards. Others included GraceKennedy Foundation, Jamaica National Foundation, NCB Foundation, Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation, Victoria Mutual Building Society, AAMM Co-op Credit Union, Lasco, Massy Technologies, Sun Island Jamaica and Tip Friendly Society.
The International School Award (ISA) acknowledges school collaboration internationally and provides a framework for recognising schools that engage young people in both the global economy and global citizenship and develop their skills for life and work.
THREE ENTRY POINTS
There are three entry points on the ISA journey, foundation certificate, intermediate certificate and accreditation. Those schools receiving awards at the intermediate level included John Rollings Success Primary, Norman Manley High School, Avocat Primary and Junior High, Denham Town Primary, Allman Town Primary, Camperdown Primary and Infant and Maryland All-Age School.
Schools receiving awards at the foundation level included Irwin Primary, St Joseph's Infant, Drapers All-Age, Ebenezer Primary, Munro College, Woodlawn School for Special Education and Excelsior High. A special award was presented by UNESCO to Wolmer's High School for Girls.
The Connecting Classrooms programme that operates in 50 countries, including the Caribbean, offers opportunities for school partnerships and accreditation, along with professional development courses for teachers.
Morland Wilson, project manager at the council says, "Connecting Classrooms is a school programme specifically designed to help teachers to share best practice with their counterparts around the world. It is a joint venture between the British Council and the Department for International Development and has been designed in response to an independent review of how best to teach young people the English language."
Since its inception in 2012, the Connecting Classroom programme has reached more than 390 schools in all 14 parishes and involving approximately 780 teachers, and with more than 15,000 students registered on the web platform, Schools Online.