Twenty-two teachers from across the country were given certificates during the closing ceremony of a three credit hour course on Global Citizens. The ceremony was held at the NUST Business School (NBS) on Friday.
The course was launched by NBS in collaboration with the British Council’s Global School Partnership (GSP) project in January.
It was funded by the Cambridge Education Foundation. The project was co-funded by the UK Department for International Development.
The course was designed by Dr Bernadette Dean, who is the principal of St Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi. It presented a “unique and critical view of the roots and impact of inequality and discrimination related to issues of social justice”, said a press handout.
The course, which was tailored to cater to the needs of school teachers, was also offered in other South Asian countries such as India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The project aimed to motivate young people’s commitment to a fairer, more sustainable world, and provide opportunities to develop teaching skills required to work and live in a diverse and pluralistic world.
“This course has opened up a new avenue in the life of all participants. We experimented with a variety of aspects of global citizenship in our context such as child rights, sustainable development, combating pollution, nurturing nature and social justice,” said British Council Pakistan Director David Martin.
He added that during the course they realised they can make a difference in the world by “thinking big and acting small”.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2011.