British Council implements a project in partnership with the Ministry of Education to increase employability level of community members in eleven BP project affected communities (PACs) by developing English language skills through direct quality teaching to community members and through development of English language and teaching skills of the English teachers in Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz, Agstafa, Yevlakh, Agdash, Ujar, Kurdemir, Hajigabul and Garadag regions. This project is funded by BP and its partners. The project aims to increase the employability prospects and skills of community members in eleven Project Affected Communities (PACs). This will be achieved by enhancing the quality of English language teaching skills of teachers in Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz, Agstafa, and Yevlakh, Agdash, Ujar, Kurdemir, Hajigabul and Garadag regions through direct English teaching to community members.
Phase one of the project covered five regions: Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz and Agstafa. British Council trainers provided 15 - day professional development trainings to 75 English teachers from ten selected secondary schools from each region updating their teaching skills to make them more effective classroom teachers (with sustained long-term benefit for students, and high visibility in the community). At the same time, selected teachers among the training participants were appointed and trained to deliver English teaching to more than 150 community members
During phase two, the project was extended to more six regions through the pipeline: Yevlakh, Agdash, Ujar, Kurdemir, Hajigabul and Garadag.
Phase three of the project is being implemented in eleven regions: Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz, Agstafa, and Yevlakh, Agdash, Ujar, Kurdemir, Hajigabul and Garadag. During this phase 165 English teachers will have a 120 - hour professional development training to enhance their language and teaching skills. At the same time, more than 450 community members will be provided with a 120 - hour English classes by selected and instructed teachers to increase the community members’ employability prospects and skills.
In the long-term, the project will lead to the creation of sustainable networks of teacher trainers as multipliers committed to developing knowledge and skills on interactive ways of teaching English among school teachers and community members and will help to achieve an improved capacity of the local school children, with schools managing and leading their own efforts to improve student learning through enhanced teacher capacity.