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January 31, 2014

South Africa | Education

British Council and South Africa sign DOI

bc-south-africa-sign-doi.jpgThe British Council has signed a Declaration of Intent to work with the South African government to raise ELT standards, reports the PIE (Professionals in International Education) News.

The British Council has signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) to work with the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) to improve the country’s English as a First Additional Language (EFAL) programming and delivery. The signing of the DOI comes following the meeting of UK Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove and South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga at last week’s Education World Forum.

A key component of the collaboration centres on improving the quality of teaching of English in schools through implementing two Teacher Training Courses, the Certificates in Primary and Secondary English Language Teaching (CiPELT and CiSELT).

The project will affect all state schools in South Africa and aims to reach 300,000 teachers and 10 million learners, which accounts for approximately 18% of the population.

Caroline Grant, English Language Advisor at British Council South Africa, commented: “As the late Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, so it is fantastic to see this Declaration of Intent formalising an important educative collaboration between the UK and South Africa.”

Read the full article from The PIE News.

Photo: British Council Chief Executive, Martin Davidson and Chief Director of South Africa Department of Basic Education, Carol Nuga-Deliwe sign the DOI. The PIE News.

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