British Council Nepal awarded International Schools Award to Twenty five Nepalese schools and reaccredited one school at an event on 27 August 2017. This award is endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Education and this is the fifth year, Nepali Schools are being awarded through this award scheme.
The award was handed over by chief guest and special guests, British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris and Babu Ram Paudel, Director General, Department of Education.
Fourty seven schools from fourteen districts of Nepal had submitted their dossier out of more than 100 schools initially working on International School Award. Full Award is granted to Twenty Five schools out of these 47 dossier submissions. One school that were awarded in 2013 has been reaccredited for ISA awards this year.
S.No Name of school School's Districts
1 Bethel English School Palpa
2 Mount Valley School Palpa
3 Himanchal Boarding School Kaski
4 Kalika Secondary School Rupandehi
5 Alpha Boarding School Kaski
6 Kailash Bodhi School Kathmandu
7 Eurokids school Kahtmandu
8 Pragya Kunj School Kahtmandu
9 Niharika Shishu Kunja School Kahtmandu
10 Bhaktapur NIST School Bhaktapur
11 Gyanodaya Sec. School, Bafal Kathmandu
12 Nepal Model School Syangja
13 Radiant Montessori School Kailali
14 Gurukul Int'l Academy Dang
15 Gyansindhu Sec. School Dang
16 Gaidakot Eng. School Nawalparasi
17 Joseph High School Kathmandu
18 Phoenix School Kathmandu
19 Reliance Public School Kathmandu
20 Learning Realm International school Kathmandu
21 Himalaya Milan School Kaski
22 Ace School Kathmandu
23 Little Angel school Dang
24 Gladstone school ( Reaccreditation) Bhaktapur
25 Axis Vidyashram Kailali
According to British Council Nepal,the schools receiving the full award will be provided with a trophy and certificates and will be allowed to use the coveted International School Award kite mark along with their school logo on all the official stationeries and promotional materials for a period of three years.
British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris said on the occasion- “Our Education system recognises that we need to support our students be become global citizens. Here in Nepal and around the world the BC works to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of UK and Nepal. Its works in Education and society to help transform national education system, built more inclusive and open society and increases young people’s opportunity. The International school award encourages to bring young people and educational institutes from UK and around the world together to learn from each other, build trust and lay foundation for prosperity and security around the world. ISA frameworks help schools worldwide in various ways including staff development, teacher training, continuous professional development and collaboration between partners’ schools through projects, activities and communication. This helps in deeper learning, developing global citizens helping the students to acquire skills needed in the 21st Century.
Babu Ram Paudel, Director General, Department of Education said on the occasion “Thank you British Council for bringing an international award to Nepal. The award has brought in an encouragement in the educational institutes to study and teach in new and innovative ways. The MoE hopes for the continuation of this award in the coming years and Department of Education would like to acknowledge the support provided by the British Council.
Nepal Government is introducing new grading system lately and Department of Education is working with the British Council in different components like developing changing present curriculum, teachers’ preparation to move into this system and strengthening of the evaluation system. We have been working with British Council for a long time now and British Council’s contribution in this area is appreciable. We are hoping that our evaluation and grading system will be equal and at par with the international standards very soon”.
What is International School Award (ISA)?
ISA is a yearly award given to participating schools. Applications from interested schools are called in every year, August/September period and schools are selected on the basis of their application. The British Council offers the ISA as an accreditation framework for schools to record and evaluate their international work and embed it into the curriculum. ISA acts as a benchmark that ascertains schools as having an outstanding level of support for: Nurturing global citizenship in young people and Enriching teaching and learning.
The ISA approach to school development is holistic and mirrors the curriculum based project work approach to encourage the teachers to use with their students. It is rigorous and evidence based process. It encourages the leaders to foster teambuilding, innovation, and project management. ISA is content free and schools are encouraged to embed it within their own curriculum. ISA gives context to practice new skills in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and pedagogy in a safe and structured manner. Participating in briefings and workshops, online community and the award ceremony brings together a large number of schools across the country fostering rich exchange of ideas and creating a vibrant community of education professionals.
A team of representatives from the British Council, Department of Education and Curriculum Development Centre is developed. The dossiers or the portfolio of evidence submitted by the participating schools are evaluated and school visits are organised to see the authenticity of the work and learning outcomes in the children. With the evidences submitted and the outcome of school visits, the schools are granted the award.