Principal Secretary, Mr Nandkumar felicitates Master Trainers of ELISS A project by the British Council and RashtriyaMadhyamikShikshaAbhiyaan


Mumbai, 1st February, 2016:ELISS, End of Year Symposium was organized on 30th January by the British Council to celebrate the three year completion of the project- English Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (ELISS). The Master Trainers’ were felicitated by MrNandkumar, Principal Secretary of Maharashtra School Education and Sports Department.

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Following the signing of the partnership agreement in July 2013, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and the British Council have been working together on a four phase project from 2013–2016 to develop the English language teaching skills and language confidence of secondary level English language teachers in government schools across Maharashtra.

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Mr Nandkumar, Principal Secretary, School Education and Sports Department, said, “Over the last three phases, the ELISS programme has been successful in raising the confidence among teachers as well as the state government. In the process we are benchmarking ourselves to global standard.”
Sharon Memis, Area Director, West India, British Council said on the occasion, “The three years of ELISS in Maharashtra has reaped good response and results. The programme so far has benefited teachers and schools in raising their skills and teacher training abilities. We hope to continue the partnership and our programme.”

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The English Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (ELISS) aims to establish a sustainable cadre of 480 Master Trainers that will boost the capacity of the RMSA to deliver effective in-service teacher training during and beyond the life of this project. Content will focus on improving the pedagogical skills of approximately 16000 secondary school teachers in student-centered approaches to teaching English. Teacher training will be supported by Continuing Professional Development activities to enable participants to develop strategies to take responsibility for their learning.
RohiniDeshmukhSankpal, a master trainer said, “ELISS and Mentoring Project have provided me with a good opportunity to work as Master Trainer and a Mentor. It has helped me a lot in my CPD (Continuous Professional Development). It has given me a vision beyond the traditional ways of teaching, using text, techniques and methods to share my thinking and ideas with teachers’ community and experts.”

MinaxiUpadhyay – Principal SurajbaVidyamandir, said “Mentoring has spread awareness among teachers of vernacular medium and English medium the importance to know their area of development and plan it with a smart goal. This has helped teachers to develop their CPD (Continuos Professional Development). Mentoring has motivated teachers for peer observation.”

In each phase of the project, the British Council directly trains Master Trainers in classroom practice and training skills for 6days /year for first three years, and these Master Trainers then cascade five days of teacher training/year for first three years to approximately 16,400 secondary school teachers of English across the state. Year four will involve an impact study.

This is reinforced with a programme of activities and resources to develop both Master Trainers’ and teachers’ awareness of other opportunities available to facilitate their continuing professional development.

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Media queries on the project may please be directed to:

Renuka Reuben, Head External Relations and Programmes West India on renuka.reuben@in.britishcouncil.orgor 91 22 67486731

Kainaz Daver, Project Consultant, LinOpinion on or 9867474312

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