Jim Scrath OBE, Acting Country Director of British Council, and Jamie Mann, Manager, Teaching Centre of British Council were present at the programme, among others.
Digital Pen Pal project is a global initiative by the British Council to connect children from different countries on a single platform so that they can learn about and appreciate cultures around the world through authentic writing that develops their communicative competence in English. The project emphasises on some of the most demanding 21st century skills including digital skills, social and global awareness development, and practice of good citizenship.
Students of the British Council from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bahrain participated in this project. All participants, aged between 9 and 12, have been placed carefully into chosen age groups as well as level appropriate groups. Within the groups they were given the opportunity to engage with children from other participating countries, and get to know each other’s likes and dislikes, culture, traditions, food and celebrations.
Thirty five Bangladeshi participants of the project, along with their parents, attended the certificate giving ceremony. The project was an opportunity for young learners to join courses with British Council Teaching Centre.
Jim Scarth OBE, Acting Country Director British Council, said, “The British Council always strives to bring the best in our students through exposing them to a standardised learning environment. Digital Pen Pal project was our effort to develop the skills and competencies of the students through a cross-cultural learning process.”
Jamie Mann, Manager, Teaching Center of British Council, said, “We have been running this project with an aim to bridge the cultural gaps between children from different nations. Young learners from Bangladesh have spontaneous participation in the project which will help them broaden their horizon as they grow up.”
The British Council Teaching Centre will start their upcoming course from December 11 in Bangladesh.