Scoping Mission to Algeria

Over the past two weeks I’ve been conducting a scoping study in Algeria with my colleagues Jean Wilson and Simon Smith. We looked at the teaching and learning of English in the four grades of State Middle School. Here are some pictures of happy and active classrooms from across the country.

Alistair and Phil are on the Move

My colleagues Alistair Fortune MBE and Phil Silvester CBE are on the move. Alistair is currently in Northern Cyprus continuing his work with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports to benchmark the Secondary ELT curriculum to the Common European Framework of Reference. Phil and I will cross paths in Algeria. He is to start a school inspector training course there early next month…

Alistair Ready to Fly to DR Congo

Had a very good meeting yesterday with McIlwraith Education associate Alistair Fortune who is off to the Democratic Republic of Congo for three weeks to hold the fort for the Peacekeeping English Project while the current manager is away. It’s a challenging environment as Danny Whitehead’s British Council ‘Dreams and Realities‘ paper outlines…

The Effect of Conflict on South Sudan’s Education System

Melany Markham’s article describes the challenging background to South Sudan’s education system and to next month’s ‘Language-in-Education’ conference. We have a strong team of presenters from the African Union, British Council, UNICEF, UNESCO and SIL and are looking forward to the official opening at an evening reception on 4 March…

UNESCO, DFID and British Council Agree to Conference Dates

My discussions with officials from the Ministry of Education and senior academics in South Sudan took place against a background of uncertainty last week. However, I was very pleased to be able to secure permission to openly discuss the possibility of reviewing and restructuring the country’s language policy, the length of time mother-tongues and indigenous languages might be used as a medium of instruction at Primary schools and how the Ministry’s polices might be practically implemented over the next 10-15 years. I’m delighted that my clients (British Council, DFID and UNICEF) seem pleased and very happy that UNESCO want to be involved in next month’s international conference on language-in-education that I’m managing…