Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) director has signed a MoU with the British Council on Monday to implement the Connecting Classroooms project in Tamil Nadu. The agreement was signed by R Venkatesan director SSA state project and Sally Goggin, director-education, British Council (India and Sri Lanka). The programme is designed to build cultural awareness and skills among young learners to help them develop into global citizens, the programme will build on leadership development skills, especially of district education officers and state-level officers.
The programme comprising of capacity building training sessions on Information and Communication technologies (ICT) and an overview of Connecting Classrooms project will begin in 40 schools in Thiruvallur. Sixteen schools will be selected to participate in the programme directly while the training sessions will cover all the schools in the neighbourhood. The 16 schools, split into two clusters, will be linked with four schools each in the UK and work together on collaborative projects. The project gives opportunities to the government officials, head teachers and ICT teachers to visit the partner schools in the UK during the next academic year and vice-versa. The visits will enable the teachers to get an accurate picture of the education scenario and plan joint projects better.