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    Chikomba teachers attend British Council Connecting Classrooms Workshop


    ELLEN MLAMBO

    CHIVHU – Some 72 school teachers from Chikomba District recently attended a two-day Connecting Classrooms Workshop conducted by the British Council at Liebenberg High in Chivhu.
    The programme has many goals including networking local schools with schools overseas and helping young people worldwide develop essential skills they need for life and work in a global economy.
    The program also offers professional development to teachers and school heads and encompasses six core skills including digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and imagination, student leadership, collaboration and communication and citizenship.
    Participants were taken through the critical thinking and problem solving core skills and they were encouraged to impart the knowledge and skills to learners for them to be critical thinkers and provide solutions on their own to any given problem.
    British Council Programs Manager Zanele Mukwedeya said the programme helps transform education systems, builds inclusive and open societies and increases young people's opportunities.
    She said the council works with schools around the world to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.
    She added that the programme will also give teachers the opportunity to develop international professional partnerships to work with schools and teachers overseas.
    "We try to reach out to learners through the teachers and the head. After attending the workshop, the teachers go back to the schools and work on a project plan for the school and the school will also be eligible to apply for the school partnership with a UK school to work on a project of their own, visiting each other and sharing ideas," said Mukwedeya.
    The workshop was facilitated by Jennifer Mudehwe and Doctor Tendai Mavhundutse.
    The core skills;  sometimes referred to as deep learning skills or 21st century skills, introduce young people to new ways of working and living in a global world and developing these skills will help young people grow into creative and critical citizens, ready to shape the future for themselves and future generations.
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