Expanding the horizons of classroom learning

Rani Devalla
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Bethany School bags British Council’s International School Award for second consecutive time

Creative lot:A group of students presenting dossiers at Bethany School in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Creative lot:A group of students presenting dossiers at Bethany School in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

“Visiting international classrooms, knowing the pressing issues of their regions, exchanging notes on culture and heritage, learning different languages, and making a comparative analysis of where we stand in terms of global competition are some of the things we have learnt,” students of Bethany School have said.

With technology playing a predominant role in today’s fast-changing world, educational institutions are finding new methods of teaching by connecting classrooms across the world.

Global schools accredited by the British Council are gradually doing away with the chalk and board concept and bringing international dimension into the classroom.

The British Council’s International School Award (ISA) is an inclusive scheme that accredits schools for nurturing global citizenship.

It was nice to receive ISA for the second consecutive time, and this time we had become Ambassador School for the British Council, said secretary and correspondent of Bethany School Anita Aidinyantz.

“The British Council selects the school for ISA that presents integrated global issues coupled with international awareness through dossiers. And, we are happy that our children are gaining a competitive edge through this module,” she said.

Embedded within the school curriculum, more than 100 students of each class (from Classes I to X) come together, search information, collect pictures, and compile a project, connecting more than three international classrooms through the Internet.

For British Council School Ambassador Elizabeth, connecting classrooms offers a two-way learning experience. “Earlier, I never knew how to design a website or invite partner schools. The module not only enhances your skills as a coordinator, but also helps the students extend their horizons in learning,” she said.


Ambassador school can act as a mentor for other schools by organising briefing sessions and encourage them to get into ISA. Those who want to be part of the scheme need to pay one-time registration fee. Further details can be had by contacting Ms. Elizabeth at

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