Connecting Classrooms is a global British Council Education programme for schools, funded in partnership by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

By offering professional partnerships between schools in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa -, Connecting Classrooms enriches classroom life, broadens teachers’ professional skills and expertise , and enables young people to become global citizens. 

Today’s young people are growing up in a fast-paced world. As new technologies and digital channels open up new labour markets, audiences and opportunities, they also pose new challenges for the world’s future citizens and workforce. To be fully prepared for life and work in a global economy, it is essential that young people have the opportunity to develop the right skills

Through the Connecting Classrooms programme, British Council Rwanda supports the Ministry of Education in the implementation of its new Competence-Based Curriculum by providing professional development courses to school leaders on leading core skills,  and to teachers on how best to teach those core skills.

Teachers learn interactive approaches and techniques to introduce core skills into their classroom activities, to enrich their teaching and learning through professional partnerships while sharing and comparing their experiences with their local and UK counterparts.

The Connecting Classrooms’ teacher training package includes:

•Introduction to core skills for teachers

•Teaching Critical Thinking and problem Solving

•Teaching Creativity and Imagination

•Teaching digital literacy

•Teaching student leadership and personal development

•Teaching citizenship

•Teaching Communication and Collaboration

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How we are connecting classrooms

Classrooms are connected globally in a variety of ways, including through Professional Partnerships, online collaborations, and grants to help teachers visit their partner schools abroad. Additional professional development opportunities include working towards the International School Award (ISA). 

Professional Partnerships for schools and teachers

Is your school involved in a partnership with a school in the UK or with a school in Sub-Saharan Africa? If so, you could be eligible for funding from the Connecting Classrooms programme  Getting involved will help you develop your young people as global citizens and. as a teacher, you will also benefit through sharing best practice with colleagues in other countries.

Would you like to be part of this exciting initiative? It’s free and simple to set up your first partnership, and we can help you incorporate core skills into your school’s curriculum and help you build lasting international relationships. 

If you’re interested or want to know more, please visit the British Council Schools Online website, or contact us at  

School Leadership Programme in Rwanda

In collaboration with Rwanda Education Board (REB) the British Council has been supporting the development of Head Teacher and teacher standards. The goal of these standards is to provide a framework which encourages caring and inspiring Head Teachers who are committed to making a difference to the learning and well-being of every learner in their school. 

The British Council, in conjunction with REB, provides training for Head Teachers and middle leaders, utilising validated British Council facilitators to ensure that trainings are delivered to a high standard. 

School leaders are given tools and approaches they need to ensure effective core skills provision in their schools, including strategies for planning, monitoring and improving teaching and learning, and for mapping core skills across the curriculum.

The School leaders’ training package includes

•Introduction to core skills for leaders

•Leading core skills

ADDITIONAL LEARNING  to support school leaders to progress through the core skills training packages, and to develop their leadership skills, looks at  

•Building teams, 

•Creating and communicating a vision,

•Leading effective teaching and learning

•Developing their staff. 

•Applying effective school leadership to help embed international learning in school. 

Find out more about School Leadership

Policy dialogues

Our Connecting Classrooms’ Programme builds relationships and networks with ministries and education policy-makers, supporting them to develop best practice in education and global citizenship and thus to support Rwanda's national priorities.

We organise international conferences and visits between participating countries that inspire participants to exchange ideas, provoke discussion and seek global solutions to the challenges that education in the 21st century is facing.  

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What our partners say about Connecting Classrooms

"Being involved in the Connecting Classrooms programme as a teacher, has enabled me to improve my teaching methods by integrating collaborative and team approaches in my daily teaching and learning," (MUNYAGASOZI Léon François, teacher at Group Scolaire Munyinya, Muhanga District).

"Through Connecting Classrooms, I have understood that ICT is a good tool for any teacher to enhance teaching and learning. It is also a motivating tool and helps to ease the work of the teacher when preparing teaching resources," (MUHIRE Felicien, teacher at Groupe Scolaire Amahoro Anglican School, Rubavu District).

"Online development courses that I have completed have shaped my mind to know much on global issues and know how those issues can be viewed in the Rwandan context," (UMUVANDIMWE Edmond, teacher at Group Scolaire Muhoza II, Musanze District).


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