British Council and NEC sign MoU on collaborative educational growth

Shillong, 11 Oct [IPR]:A conference of North East Council [NEC] and British Council was held at the NEC Secretariat in Shillongtoday on the subject “British Council Pilot Project of Capacity Building of Teachers”. The conference was chaired by NEC Secretary, Ram Muivah.

Also present were Director, British Council India, Alan Gemmel OBE, Director/HRD&E, NEC, Kh. Siile Anthony, Head, NE, British Council, JoydeepBordoloi, Director/Primary Education [Government of Sikkim],BhimThatal, who is also the State Project Director ofSamagraShiksha, along with other representatives of the NE States.

During the conference, BCI Director, MrGemmell, HRD&E Director [NEC], Mr Anthony, signed theMoUto strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, support knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the eight States of the NE.

While addressing the conference, NEC Secretary, MrMuivah, appreciated the initiatives taken by the State of Sikkim in education sector and applauded the innovative practices of Sikkim. He also urgedother NE States to learn from Sikkim in educational development and quality innovations.

State Project Director,SamagraShiksha, MrThatal, in his address mentioned about the future initiatives of the State Human Resource Development Department and also invited the other NE States to visit schools in Sikkim.

While mentioning about capacity building of teachers, he said that the primary focus of the State HRDD is primary education with capacity building of Primary Teachers as the priority. He also mentioned that the KG system introduced in Sikkim is soon being taken as module by National Council of Educational Research and Training [NCERT] for starting pre-primary education in the rest of the country.

MrThatalfurther stated that the State HRDD will select 100 Primary Teachers from all four districts who will be trained in Gangtok for five days in order to enable them to teach English at primary level. From these 100 trained teachers, 50 will be shortlisted as Master Trainers who will further be trained on Training of Trainer lines to enable them to train more teachers. In the next phase, capacity building for Mathematics and Science teaching will be taken up, he added.