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. 

Notes to Editor

Vu Hai Dang
Communications Manager 
British Council 
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