The English Partnerships team in West India have much to celebrate. After the successful delivery of the first year of the Maharashtra English Language Initiative for Primary Schools (ELIPS), the English Partnerships team have signed another agreement with the Maharashtra State Government – this time for a four-year English Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (ELISS) project.
Signed by A.D Kale, State Project Director, Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad and Sam Harvey, Director West India on 6 July 2013 at the Y. B Chavan Centre in Mumbai, the celebratory ceremony was attended by Rajendra Darda, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Government of Maharashtra, Fauzia Khan, Minister for State, School Education in Government of Maharashtra, J. S. Saharia, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education Department, Government of Maharashtra and other state officials.
Addressing the gathering, Rajendra Darda reiterated to the audience the importance of English as a globally accepted language and said it was imperative for the students of the state to acquire command over it.
More than 65000 primary school teachers – per phase, received training across the state in the first two phases of the Maharashtra English Language Initiative for Primary Schools (ELIPS) project. Following this model, the RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) approached the British Council to design a similar project working with secondary school teachers from Government and Government-aided schools in the State of Maharashtra.
The ELISS project aims to develop the English language skills as well as basic communicative teaching methodology through face to face training and continuous professional development for secondary schools teachers. 550 master trainers will be trained by the British Council trainers, who will then conduct needs-based training for 20,000 secondary school teachers over a period of four years.
Several corporates and Foundations were part of audience at the signing and were exposed to the breadth of the British Council’s work in English and thus have now been drawn into exploring the potential of working together.