DHAKA: English in Action (EIA), a large-scale English language programme, funded by the UK Government through UKaid (the Department for International Development) has launched a countrywide English in Action Fair programme.
The fairs started from June 4 in Nawabganj and Sunamganj and the series of fairs titled as ‘Ananday Shiki Engreji- English in Action Mela’ will take place in 70 upazilas around the country within next few months.
The fairs are organized, as a part of the campaign for English in Action project with an aim to create awareness and to encourage the mass people to English language learning through the use of communicative language teaching, games, and use of technology and mobile.
These fairs aim to reach all section of people providing them with a unique and unprecedented opportunity to experience, access and use the English in Action methods and practices.
The fairs will promote the message of English Learning through easy and entertaining way, an innovative way of supporting the pedagogical method of English Learning.
The fairs are being organized with close collaboration of Upazila Education Offices.
The fairs are inaugurated in different upazilas by UNO, USEO, UEO and local community members.
Open for all, these fairs have information, education and entertainment booths to attract students, teachers, parents, farmers, businessmen, homemakers, boys and girls of all ages giving them the exposure to EIA classrooms, BBC Janala lessons, Learning through games, Audio Visual drama, and Teachers Professional Development materials (printed and audio) for Teachers’ along with many more activities.
Till date, over 60,000 students, teachers, young and adults participated in the fairs so far organized in 20 upazilas under Sylhet, Dhaka, Chittagong, Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna districts.
The fairs look forward to reach more people around the remaining upazilas with the aim of “Inspiring fearless English learning and Ananday shikhi Engreji”.
Oni a student of class 4 from Chatak Sunamgonj, Sylhet shares his experience of the fair as “I love the games and songs played in the classroom, I learnt a new song, an English song “goodbye song” to say goodbye to my friends in English.”
Md Abdul Wadud, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Jagannathpur, Sylhet said,
“English in Action fair is a different initiative in our country, as far as I know, it is the first of it kind fair in our country that we have witnessed. I would like to thank English in Action to give my upazila this kind of opportunity. I like the fair very much.”
The Team Leader of English in Action, Pieter Feenstra said, “The objective of organizing these fairs is to create awareness and take forward the innovative and exciting practices of learning English to the wider community around Bangladesh.”
“I believe English in Action fairs will instigate demand and interest in the students, their parents and the wider community for English learning and aware them of the innovativeness and successfulness of the project inside as well as outside the classrooms,” he added.
Country Representative of DFID Gwen Hines said, “These English in Action fairs are a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning English to come and explore innovative ways of learning English, and I hope also to have some fun.”
He also said, “Being able to speak English well is essential for millions of people across Bangladesh, who wants to lift themselves out of poverty by finding a better job. Having more and better qualified English speakers is also very important for Bangladesh’s economic and social development.”
“UK Aid, provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) is working closely with the Government of Bangladesh through the English in Action initiative, to train 80,000 primary and secondary school teachers and approximately 14 million students by 2017 to enable them to speak better English, using the most effective, interactive and innovative methods – from classroom games to lessons you can download on your mobile phone,” he added.
About EIA- English in Action (EIA) is a nine-year English language education programme implemented through a partnership between the UK Government and the Government of Bangladesh.
It builds on the country’s existing structures – working with existing teachers and helping them to improve their own English, and to learn new ways of teaching so they can help their students more.
The goal of EIA is to contribute to the economic growth of Bangladesh by providing English language as a tool for better access to the world economy.
The project has already trained 750 teachers and helped 130,000 pupils. Over the full 9 years, it will reach 80000 teachers and 14 million pupils.
It is also helping adults to learn better English, including through popular TV programme Mojay Mojay Shekha which already reached almost 18 million people.
More than 20 million calls have been made to the BBC Janala mobile lessons from 5.8 million individuals and 1.4 million have accessed BBC Janala website since their inception in 2009.
BDST: 1755 HRS, JUN 25, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor
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