NDB and the British Council lately granted more than 190 promising applicants for “English for Teaching” instruction at the DHPL / NDB Audience in Nawam Mawatha, a publication from government schools in ten areas. The teachers were from Government Schools from regions in Ampara, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Eheliyagoda, Gampaha, Hatton, Matara, Vavuniya, and Yakarawatta.
The ceremony was graced by senior officials of the Bank and the British Council The activity-based training was delivered through 10 Regional English Support Centres (RESCs) in nine Provinces, addressing two key aspects of teacher training – Language Improvement and Teaching Ability. The 120-hour training course included new and innovative training methods to equip teachers to teach as well as manage their students in a more holistic manner.
Gill Caldicott, Country Director, British Council, said, “The British Council is celebrating 70 years in Sri Lanka and we are very proud to be collaborating with NDB on this teacher training program. Teachers are in a very important position. They are able to influence the future generations of this country and I am convinced that this program will help to improve the employability of young people, the prosperity and peace of Sri Lanka.”
Director and Group CEO of NDB bank, Dimantha Seneviratne added “In the past six years, over a thousand teachers have been trained, and they have reached about half a million students, who will have benefitted from this training. Through such programmes, NDB also makes every effort to help build financial autonomy across the nation.”
Magudapoopathy Dushyanthi of Cp/Hz/Ingestre Tamil Maha Vidyalaya, Dickoya, Nuwara Eliya said “We learned interesting ways to teach grammar and vocabulary through games and songs. We have gained a wide knowledge which is helpful in classroom teaching.”