Developing the skills to discover, acquire and communicate knowledge and information in a globalised economy; using technology to reinforce, extend and deepen learning through international collaboration.
Promoting self-directed thinking that produces new and innovative ideas and solves problems; reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes and making effective decisions.
Promoting economic and social entrepreneurialism; imagining and pursuing novel ideas, judging value, developing innovation and curiosity.
One of Afghanistan’s great successes in education since 2001 has been the large increase in student enrolment, especially among girls. But, as a consequence, schools are often overcrowded and under resourced.
The British Council is working closely with the Ministry of Education on a number of initiatives to support the new reforms, all of which contribute to cultural relations and development work. One such initiative is a programme that develops school student councils.
Empowering students is an increasingly central part of the British Council’s work with schools in Afghanistan. By giving students more opportunities to get involved in local issues we are also helping them develop ideas around global citizenship, which is an important outcome in our work in education and society. School councils are a great way of doing this as students get the chance to articulate problems and share their solutions.
Establishing student councils in Afghan schools is one of the most successful British Council programmes in Afghanistan. In many areas students take part so that they can bring peace and discipline to their schools and feel that the school is their second home.
In the past students were often afraid of their teachers and management teams, but now that they have their own councils they share their problems with their teachers and try to find solutions for them.
Fostering effective communication (orally, and in writing); actively listening to and engaging with others in diverse and multi-lingual environments and understanding verbal and non-verbal communication; developing the ability to work in diverse international teams, including learning from and contributing to the learning of others.
Developing active, globally aware citizens who have the skills, knowledge and motivation to address issues of human and environmental sustainability and work towards a fairer world in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue; developing an understanding of what it means to be a citizen of their own country and their own country’s values.