Teaching for Success-Tunisia: Ministry of Education extends partnership with British Council
29/10/2019 12:42, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Ministry of Education signed a partnership agreement extension with the British Council to continue the “Teaching for Success” project.

The signing took place during the celebration ceremony of the first anniversary of the project, held Tuesday in Tunis.

Director of the British Council Tunisia Robert Ness voiced gratitude to all collaborators, particularly the Ministry of Education that supported the project in the first place, as well as the British Embassy in Tunis. The project sought to further boost efficiency into the language teachers’ training, by coaching over 2,000 teachers during the first year.

“We faced many logistical and financial challenges, but the hardest of challenges was getting the teachers excited about learning and teaching English,” Robert Ness told TAP, voicing satisfaction at the success of the project in its first year.

“Our ultimate goal is sustainability," he resumed, "getting the project going is the real challenge, but the enthusiasm and commitment of the Education Minister and its department have made us very optimistic.”

For his part, Minister of Education Hatem Ben Salem said that the project trained primary school teachers in all the governorates, to introduce 4th graders to English at an early age. “The techniques provided will be useful in language teaching in general; they are not inclusively for English teaching,” he specified.

“The Ministry has started "discreet reforms" that are going slowly but steadily. We are advancing and we intend to give a chance and provide opportunities to our children,” he added, expressing the Ministry’s intention to keep going on steady feet on the same path.

Taking the floor, British Ambassador in Tunis Louise De Sousa voiced satisfaction at the success of the first year of the project, explaining that the Embassy’s agenda doesn’t consist in promoting English in Tunis, but rather to promote the language teaching field in general.

She laid emphasis on the importance of learning a second and third language for children as well as for job seekers and employers.

“This project benefits Tunisian youth, teachers and inspectors. It aims to consolidate the concept of Education to employment,” she told TAP on the fringes of a press briefing during the ceremony.

“The project aims to teach children, not only language, but also problem solving skills and debating techniques,” she specified.

The “Teaching for Success-Tunisia” was launched in October 2018, at the initiative of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the British Embassy in Tunis and The British Council. It will continue for another year by means of the extension agreement signed today.

Reported by Ahmed Gaddeh

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