The Connecting Classrooms programme offers high quality professional development opportunities for teachers with an emphasis on supporting their students’ development of skills necessary in the 21st century.

Every country in the world needs a high quality, inclusive and equitable school system that creates young people who are able to: 

  • live and work in a globalised economy
  • use their knowledge, skills and values to contribute responsibly locally and globally.

In order to do so, there is growing consensus that school systems need to develop young people with certain core skills and competencies (often known as 21st century skills or ‘Deep Learning’ skills).

Those skills and competencies can be categorised as: 

  • skills for living in, and contributing to, a fairer world: global citizenship
  • skills for working: collaboration and communication
  • ways of thinking: critical thinking and problem solving
  • key tools – crucially digital literacy

 Young people who receive this high-quality education and develop these skills are better able to contribute to the future stability and prosperity of our global society. 


The British Council consulted a range of stakeholders, drew upon research on the deep pedagogies framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills and decided to focus on supporting teachers to develop their pedagogy in the following six Core Skills:


Digital literacy

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.

Critical thinking and problem solving

Promoting self-directed thinking that produces new and innovative ideas and solves problems; reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes and making effective decisions.

Creativity and imagination

Promoting economic and social entrepreneurialism; imagining and pursuing novel ideas, judging value, developing innovation and curiosity.

Student leadership and personal development (Student Voice)

Recognising the importance of honesty and empathy; recognising others’ needs and safety; fostering perseverance, resilience and self-confidence; exploring leadership, self-regulation and responsibility, personal health and well-being, career and life skills; learning to learn and lifelong learning.

Collaboration and communication

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.

How can I find out more and get involved?

Our courses on Core Skills are available face-to-face but also online. To register to complete a course online, please look at our courses on Core Skills here  and our courses on international collaboration here .

All schools in Afghanistan can get involved in Connecting Classrooms activity. For more information about our face-to-face training and all aspects of the programme, please contact us.

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