British Council’s ‘Enriching Education’ workshops was held in KiiT International School (KiiT-IS) from February 13 – 15, 2015. Organised by the British Council in association with KiiT International School, over 100 teachers from government and private schools across India attended the three-day professional development workshops that aimed to teach them to enrich the curriculum. Participants received certificates from the British Council. This is the first time that the British Council organised this workshop in Odisha. This is yet another initiative of KiiT International School to raise the level of school education in the state. A constituent of KIIT educational conglomerate, the School offers the best of national and international curriculum.
Innovative ‘Kinder-Orland’ curriculum is imparted from Nursery to UKG. CBSE is offered as the national curriculum from Grade 1 to 12. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge, UK (for Grade 8, 9, 10) and The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Geneva (for Grade 11 & 12) are offered as international curriculum. It has the distinction of being the first school in eastern India authorized to offer IBDP curriculum. The workshops featured modules like ‘Explore the world through Shakespeare’, ‘Our shared history – World War I’, ‘Use of ICT to write short reports, stories and case studies’, ‘Child protection’ and ‘Active learning through science’. The module on ‘child protection’ is compulsory for all participants. The workshop was part of Connecting Classrooms programme of the British Council. A team of UK and Indian experts led the professional development programme for the teachers. They included Tracy Irish, Warwick Business School Shakespeare Scholar at The University of Warwick, Timothy Gerrish, International Child Protection expert, Alison Willmott, education consultant, Baldev Singh of Imagine Education Ltd and Vimala Oak and Rekha Bajaj from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Conference on Education for All Inaugurated at KISS: A three-day conference on ‘Education for All’ was inaugurated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta , Founder, KIIT and KISS in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in the presence of Md. Sabur Khan on February 14, 2015. The conference is being organised by Center for American Studies, KISS. As many as 25 Fulbright Scholars from various countries are participating in the deliberations. This is the first time that so many Fulbright Scholars have come together at a forum in Odisha.
Ms. Piya Bahudur, Regional Officer, USIEF Hyderabad; Professor Dr. Christine R. Finnan, Ms. Melissa Goodnight, Research Scholar of California University; Dr. Radha Hegde, Professor, New York University; Dr. Julie Hite and Dr. Steven Hite, Professor, Brigham University; Dr. Tamo Chattopadhay, Columbia University; Prof.Manmath Kundu, Director, Academy of Tribal Language and Culture, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Umi Daniel, Director, Aide et Action; Andrew Caffro, Ms. Anisha Gundewar, Ms. Akshata Kadagathur, Ms. Rebecca Liebman and Mr. Sujit Mohapatra, Co-Founder and Secretary, Bakul Foundation were among those who participated. The conference features panel discussions on: Language and culture in schools, Issues in education, Poverty & health, and Poverty & empowerment.