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ISA in Vietnam

British Council International School Award Training Workshop

Monday 17 February 2014

First time being organised in Vietnam, the ISA Training Workshop will happen in Haiphong, Vietnam from 17 to 19 February 2014, with 140 participating school leaders and teachers from more than 30 schools in Hanoi, Haiphong and Quang Ninh. The workshop is expected to build the local and global network of ISA schools to share best practices and approaches in embedding international learning in the curriculum.
The ISA Training Workshop belongs to the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ – a global education programme of the British Council.  In Vietnam, being approved by the Ministry of Education and Training, this results from the partnership agreement signed between the British Council and provincial Department of Education and Training of Hanoi, Haiphong, Quang Ninh, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City to roll out the programme in 102 lower secondary schools since 2008.
The British Council International School Award (ISA) prepares young people for life in a global society by increasing their understanding of other countries and cultures and embedding international learning in the curriculum. ISA recognises school’s commitment to developing global citizenship in young people through curricular activities during the school year. Some countries where ISA has been successfully applied are the United Kingdom, Greece, Poland, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and India.
First time being organised in Vietnam, the ISA Training Workshop will welcome 140 participating school leaders and teachers from more than 30 schools in Hanoi, Haiphong and Quang Ninh. With the aim of provide training for schools to the ISA principals and practice, the workshop is expected to help participating schools to complete their action plan for implementing ISA for their schools and to be able to grow ISA in their communities in the future.
Chris Brown, Country Director, British Council Vietnam said: ‘The International School Award project will strengthen our mission, which is to connect the United Kingdom's school sector to others around the world to enrich education, to improve the teaching and learning quality and to promote global citizenship.
With the success it has made in the UK and other countries, I believe that the ISA will help Vietnamese schools to build a modern educational environment and students to equip skills to proactively involve in the future global society.’
The trainers participating in the workshop include:
  1. David Innes, British Council UK
  2. Rittika Chanda Parruck, British Council India 
  3. Mr.Ashok Pandey, Principal, Ahlcon Public School,New Delhi 
  4. Ms.Jayanthi Sheshadri, Registrar, Loyola School,Jamshedpur
  5. Sandhya Kakkar, She is the Vice Principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Dwarka
  6. Davide Greene, British Council Vietnam
About Connecting Classrooms
Connecting Classrooms aims to build hundreds of sustainable school partnerships, which supports the aims of national education systems to educate young people as global citizens and broaden the international view of young people. The partnerships are between schools in the UK and six countries in East Asia, which include Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
The British Council has been working together with partners in the UK and in the East Asia region at policy, department, school leadership, and teacher level to create lasting relationships through collaborative curriculum embedded and project- based exchanges.
In addition to global citizenship, creation of school partnerships correspond to a number of education priorities and policy initiatives within the Ministries of Education in the UK and the region, including the development of the ICT across curricula and the improvement of Foreign Language Education, especially in the area of English Language.
School partnerships also provide opportunities for teachers to deepen their cultural awareness, share effective practices and develop creative approaches to their teaching, which help broaden the view of their students and prepare them for engaging with the outside world.
In Vietnam, Connecting Classrooms has been implemented by British Council in 102 lower secondary schools in Hanoi, Haiphong, Quang Ninh, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City from 2008 till now. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Four Ways to Create Your Legacy

Four Ways to Create Your Legacy
Only by changing the way you live, will you be able to create the legacy you want to leave, says 
John Maxwel
l, leadership expert. Legacies happen when they are deliberately crafted with years of hard work and dedication. Create your legacy with these expert tips:
  1. Identify your strengths. Think of your core strengths and then talk to colleagues, friends and family members for their insights. Keep a running list and see which strengths come up most frequently. Often, others see our strengths more easily than we do, says gerontologist, Ken Dychtwald.
  2. Think about how you spend your time. “Most of us tend to be drawn—either directly or indirectly—to the settings, activities and people that allow us to express our interests,” Dychtwald says. Remember, your legacy should be a labor of love, not a chore.
  3. Write a life sentence. “A statement summarizing the goal and purpose of one’s life,” Maxwell says.
  4. Realize your legacy is based upon what you do today.  “For most of us, it is the days of our lives taken as a whole, that people remember,” says leadership expert, Chris Widener. “If you want to be known as a kind person, do something kind every day for the people around you.”

thought of the day 20.3.2013

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
— Henri Bergson

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

5 qualities of role models

Role models come into young people’s lives in a variety of ways. They are educators, civic leaders, mothers, fathers, clergy, peers, and ordinary people encountered in everyday life. This study showed than being a role model is not constrained to those with fancy titles or personal wealth.  In fact, students were quick to state that “a true role model is not the person with the best job title, the most responsibility, or the greatest fame to his or her name.” Anyone can inspire a child to achieve their potential in life.
The top five qualities of role models described by students in the study are listed below. These qualities were woven through hundreds of stories and life experiences that helped children form a vision for their own futures. In a poll of 50 adult Facebook readers of this blog, these same qualities were mentioned as adults reflected on their own role models. The biggest difference was that adults did not rank “commitment to community” as high as their younger counterparts. They also mentioned qualities like compassion, fearlessness, and listening skills. By far, the greatest attribute of a role model is an ability to inspire others.

Passion and Ability to Inspire

Role models show passion for their work and have the capacity to infect others with their passion. Speaking of several of his teachers, one student said, “They’re so dedicated to teaching students and helping students and empowering students. That is such a meaningful gesture. They are always trying to give back to the next generation. That really inspires me.”

Clear Set of Values

Role models live their values in the world. Children admire people who act in ways that support their beliefs.  It helps them understand how their own values are part of who they are and how they might seek fulfilling roles as adults. For example, students spoke of many people who supported causes from education to poverty to the environment.  Role models helped these students understand the underlying values that motivated people to become advocates for social change and innovation.

Commitment to Community

Role models are other-focused as opposed to self-focused. They are usually active in their communities, freely giving of the time and talents to benefit people. Students admired people who served on local boards, reached out to neighbors in need, voted, and were active members of community organizations.

Selflessness and Acceptance of Others

Related to the idea that role models show a commitment to their communities, students also admired people for their selflessness and acceptance of others who were different from them.  One student spoke of her father, saying “He never saw social barriers. He saw people’s needs and acted on them, no matter what their background or circumstances. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty. His lifestyle was a type of service. My father taught me to serve.”

Ability to Overcome Obstacles

Role models overcome challengesYoung people develop the skills and abilities of initiative when they learn to overcome obstacles.  Not surprisingly, they admire people who show them that success is possible.  One student shared a story of a young man she met in Cambodia on a service-learning project with her school. “He is an incredibly hardworking individual who has faced unimaginable obstacles in his life, yet continues to persevere to support his family and encourage his community. He survived the Cambodian genocide. He earned his education in a system where those who succeed are the ones who bribe officials. He has dedicated his life to give back to his community. Wow! What an individual; and the best civic role model!”
Research studies have long shown a correlation between role models and higher levels of civic engagement in young people. Positive role models are also linked to self-efficacy, the ability to believe in ourselves. In fact, the young people in my study admitted that unless they learned to believe in themselves, they would not have been capable of believing they could make a difference in the world!
Children develop as the result of many experiences and relationships. Role models play an important role in inspiring kids to learn, overcome obstacles, and understand that positive values can be lived each day. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, civic leader, clergy member, sports coach, after-school program leader, or a person who just happens into a child’s life, you have the ability to inspire!