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Honour for global citizen initiative

- Nine state schools receive British Council’s international award in Mumbai

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 21: Nine schools of the state have bagged the International School Award (ISA), conferred by the British Council under its Connecting Classrooms programme.

The state government had sent teachers from each award-winning school to Mumbai to receive the honour and participate in a two-day training seminar, which concluded yesterday.

The nine schools which have received the awards are B.M. High School, Government Boys’ High School, Unit-VIII, Government Girls’ High School, Unit-IV, Rasulgarh UGUP School, Palasuni (all in Bhubaneswar), Government High School in Bargarh, Kalinga Vidyapitha (Government High School), Ravenshaw Girls’ School, Secondary Board High School (all in Cuttack), Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sundergarh and Utkalamani Ucha Bidyapita, Kendupatna, Khurda.

State government officials said the ISA is “a global benchmarking project that recognises the outstanding work done by schools that are committed to developing international learning in the curriculum to help young learners become effective global citizens”.

Since 2004, about 600 schools from India have received the award. During the two-day seminar held at Mumbai on November 19 and 20, the teachers were also given training on the Connecting Classrooms programme.

Receiving the awards, B.M. High School headmistress Suchitra Misra said: “We did nearly 10 projects on various topics starting from agriculture to Odia culture. We also made a comparative study between India and UK, all under the Connecting Classrooms programme.”

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme offered by the British Council and UK Aid that supports schools in 50 countries, working directly with teachers and school leaders to create enriching teaching-learning experience and develop young people’s skills in global citizenship and other curriculum areas.

Headmistress of the Government Girls’ High School, Unit-IV, Sandhyarani Rath said: “We are elated. This honour will certainly help us enrich our school curriculum. The award will certainly boost the morale of the teachers and students.”

Senior government officials said the British Council had given computers and other necessary infrastructure worth nearly Rs 2 lakh to carry out various project work in the schools.