Epistemo Vikas Leadership International School has undertaken seven projects from Pre-Primary to Grade 10 for International School Award under the aegis British Council connecting classroom programme. These projects include the study of animals, cuisines, rivers, indigenous tribes, markets, squares etc. in India and other countries. To give an International dimension to our projects we establish classroom connectivity through the e-mail exchange, visits, Skype, WhatsApp and pen palling between our students. These partnerships, at any level, help to inject excitement into our classrooms and provide opportunities to share best practice principles from across the world. The framework to connect globally is laid by the British Council, believing in developing mutually beneficial relationships.
The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for:
- Nurturing global citizenship in learners
- Enriching teaching and learning
The International School Award is a leadership challenge and fosters team building, innovation and project management. It is widely accepted that the traditional chalk and talk model of content-oriented teaching cannot adequately prepare young learners for the future. We need to shift focus and emphasize on value-oriented experiential learning. To counter the challenges that the schools across the world are grappling with, we have an International School Award approach that is holistic and promising.
The key takeaways:
- Working on the Action Plan and the Portfolio encourages collaboration and critical thinking. Pupils are taught using a methodology that embeds global themes in the curriculum.
- International School Award gives context to practice new skills in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and pedagogy in a safe and structured manner.
The Best International School Award has a positive effect on the school, pupils and teachers:
- Opens a window to other countries and cultures, giving teachers and pupils a new outlook on the world.
- Prepares pupils with skills for life and work in a global economy, opening their eyes to new opportunities.
This endeavour offers our learners fresh perspectives on the world outside their immediate community, increase cultural awareness, learn about global issues in a safe, stable environment and challenge stereotypes.