The graduation ceremony of the second 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 at the following Primary Teacher’s Training Institutes (PTIs): Dhaka, Gazipur, Sherpur, Jashore, Barishal, and Gopalganj today.
TMTE is a large-scale project with the aim of improving the English language proficiency and teaching practice of over 2,000 primary teachers across multiple cohorts of training.
As part of this second cohort, British Council has trained 220 primary teachers in six districts, who will go on to provide improved, quality English training in their schools across the country. These teachers are the second group of Bangladeshi primary teachers, who started their 14-week professional development journey on 24 October 2021. Today, they were presented with their certificates rewarding them for all their hard work and dedication over the last several months.
Addressing the graduation event Mr Alamgir Mohammed Monsurul Alam, Director General said, “‘The training provided by British Council has been world-class and it is also a very important training. I have already suggested to immediately start the training of the teachers in their respective workplace so that we can complete this training within the project period. Preparation is underway. The master trainers who have completed their graduation today will deliver training to their local workplace from now on.
In his key note speech David R Maynard, Director, English and Education said, “This has been a hard journey for all of us, but I am sure you all will agree that the training has been inspiring, interesting and very useful. When you go back to your schools and you work with younger teachers, you will be able to bring this training to effect and to help other teachers to deliver higher quality English.
That is the primary purpose of this programme, to improve the level of English for everyone in the primary.”
Both the British Council and the Directorate of Primary Education look forward to continuing the next cohorts of primary teachers in more PTIs across the country this year.