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British Council strengthening teachers for a stronger Bangladesh

Activities under this latest cohort of TMTE had been designed by the British Council in collaboration with DPE for 544 primary teachers

Update : 30 Dec 2022, 11:41 PM

Graduation ceremony of the 5th cohort of primary teachers under the “Training of Master Trainers in English” (TMTE) project – a collaboration between the British Council and Directorate of Primary Education – was held recently at 12 Primary Teacher's Training Institutes (PTIs) across Bangladesh.

The ceremony at the Dhaka PTI was graced by the presence of Dilip Kumar Banik, additional director general (PEDP4), Directorate of Primary Education, and Dr Uttam Kumar Das, director, Training Division, Directorate of Primary Education, said a press release issued on Friday.

Activities under this latest cohort of TMTE had been designed by the British Council in collaboration with DPE for 544 primary teachers. 

They all received training to improve English proficiency and exclusive guidance on communicative teaching practice and methodology to make English language learning more interesting and effective for primary school students, reads the press release. 

It was a 14-week program.

Dilip Kumar Banik said: “We need to impart proper education to our students which will help them to survive in this competitive world. The training British Council is delivering on behalf of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and Directorate of Primary Education will actually enable our students to contend anywhere they go.”

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Dr Uttam Kumar Das said: “We have provided this training to 1,733 teachers across Bangladesh in the last two years and it will be spread across 65,566 schools all over Bangladesh. If this training can be taken further to the community level, then our students could be prepared for a better future.” 

As a part of the government's 2018 “Primary Education Development Program 4” (PEDP4), the British Council had been awarded the large training program initiative “English for Primary Teachers” (EPT). 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the project with utmost priority on developing children's English learning proficiency. In the following year, the government approved TMTE (a BDT 47 Crore project) , pivoting the national education reformation plans, reads the press release.

TMTE stands out as a dedicated training project, where the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education engages with Primary Training Institutes (PTI) across the country.

The British Council is the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

It works with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year it reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications.

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