The British High Commission and the British Council are proud to be involved in the delivery of a two year programme to improve how English is taught in the prestigious cadet colleges of Bangladesh. As part of this overall programme, today saw a signing ceremony of a Letter of Partnership between Mr Christopher Russell, the Executive Principal of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and the Principals of Faujdarhat Cadet College and Feni Girls Cadet College. The ceremony was overseen by the Army’s Assistant Adjutant General.
This ceremony marked a milestone in the relationship to not only improve the teaching of English via teacher exchanges but also to develop leadership qualities and citizenship through Cadet exchanges, cadet level military exercises, leadership challenges, adventure training and sports. The exchanges will further help cultural understanding, as well as developing friendships between cadets of the respective colleges.
A total of 120 teachers have been trained in modern teaching methods across the 12 Cadet Colleges. Currently, the new teacher training process is being folded into the Cadet Colleges’ induction package for the new teachers. Upon completing the programme teachers will receive a British Council recognised teaching qualification certificate.
The Acting British High Commissioner Mark Clayton attended the signing ceremony and gave a warm welcome to the partnership:
“Britain is leading the world in helping other nations, including Bangladesh, develop excellence in education. We are delighted to work with the Cadet Colleges of Bangladesh who are well known to have produced excellent graduates who are now leaders in different fields of the society.
‘’The UK has a global reputation for excellence in the field of education and skills, and is a world leader in providing educational resources from pre-school to university and beyond. I firmly believe that, through this partnership, all the institutions involved will learn from one another. This can only strengthen even further the existing strong and deep ties between the UK and Bangladesh.’’
During the event, the Executive Principal of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School Mr Christopher Russell expressed his enthusiasm for working with the cadet colleges of Bangladesh:
“I feel absolutely privileged to visit the Cadet Colleges of Faujdarhat and Feni; in particular I found the culture of teaching and learning and the development of character and resilience in both colleges nothing short of inspirational. The Duke of York’s Royal Military School pledges its total support to this new partnership and especially its sustainability”.