Online Competitions-Call for Schools

This year the British Council is celebrating the long-standing relationship between the UK and India, the UK-India Year of Culture will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017. 

The strongest testimony to this relationship is the wonderful work that schools in India have done through their various partnerships with UK schools, through their work in internationalism while implementing the International School Award in their schools or by impementing various professional development programmes for their teachers and educators run by British Council under the Connecting Classrooms umbrella.

As a part of this celebration we are giving schools and educators an opportunity to tell us about their journey with British Council and share their inspirational stories by way of a host of Online Competions we are running till the end of March 2017. We have exciting and wonderful giveaways to be handed out to the best entries for each contest. Many prizes and accolades are to be won. So hurry up and red below for more information

PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH SCHOOL CAN ENTER EVERY COMPETITION IF THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR IT. ONLY VALID ENTRIES AS PER RULES OF THE COMPETITIONS GIVEN BELOW WILL BE ACCEPTED.

For queries please write to-

pdschoolsindia@in.britishcouncil.org or call at 011-41497188

 

Competition 1: Culture Box UK and India

The British Council, the Indian High Commission and the UK government officially launched the UK-India Year of Culture on 27 February 2017 in a glittering ceremony at the Buckingham Palace. Celebrating the long-standing relationship between the UK and India, the UK-India Year of Culture will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017. Audiences will have the chance to experience innovative and exciting creative work from some of the best UK and Indian companies, artists and institutions.

This is your chance to participate in an exciting online competition showcasing the strong ties between India and UK schools. 

The competition: As part of Connecting Classrooms, International School Award and Schools Online projects you may have collaborated with schools in the UK-virtually or face-to-face. What impact has your interaction with the UK school had on your school and classroom pedagogy and practice? How has it impacted students? How has the partnership grown over the years? Thinking of these areas, create a catchy phrase (not more than six words) on what does the UK-India Year of Culture mean to you? Top up your phrase with a supporting high resolution photograph (minimum 2 MB size) showcasing the bonding between UK-India students. The photograph may include actual visits undertaken by the students or sharing of work between students of both these countries and even an online interaction between them. 

Who is eligible to participate? Any Indian school who has got a partner school in the UK and has been involved in collaborative projects can participate in this competition.

Last date of submission: All entries must reach us by Monday, 27 March 2017. The entries need to be sent via email to pdschoolsindia@in.britishcouncil.org only. The phrase should be written in the mail body along with the name of the partner school in the UK. The photograph should be attached to the mail. Only one photograph should be sent per entry. A school can send multiple entries. The mail should have the subject ‘UK-India Year of Culture’ written on it. Entries not following the required guidelines will be regarded invalid and will not be considered.

Prizes: The names of the winners will be announced on Friday, 31 March 2017. All valid entries will feature in an animated film which will be published on British Council official YouTube channel. The names of schools along with the partner schools in the UK will be acknowledged in the video. 20 best entries- five from each region (judged on the phrase and photograph) will receive a selection of books from UK’s favourite authors for their school library and also for their teachers.

PS- Ensure that you have permission from all those featuring in the photograph to share publicly. In case your photograph is selected we will be requesting for a media release form from you and your schools.

 

Competition 2: International School Award-Our Journey

The British Council International School Award is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for: 

1. Leading and nurturing intercultural understanding and appreciation of sustainable dimension goals in young people

2. Enriching teaching and learning

The British Council International School Award was introduced in India in the year 2003 and more than 2500 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then. If your school has been a part of this journey, this is your chance to participate in an interesting online competition showcasing the impact of the British Council International School Award.

The competition: This competition is open to the British Council International School Award coordinators (ISA coordinators). Shoot a video message (in landscape mode) of not more than 60 seconds highlighting how the British Council International School Award has brought a change in your own professional development. How has the impact of internationalism brought about a change in the teaching-learning process in your school? How have collaborative projects helped in enriching the learning experience of the students?

Who is eligible to participate? International School Award Coordinator of any Indian school that has completed the British Council International School Award journey is eligible to participate in this competition. Only one entry is accepted per school. 

Last date of submission: All entries must reach us by Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The entries need to be sent via email to pdschoolsindia@in.britishcouncil.org only. The video needs to be uploaded on YouTube and its link need to be mentioned in the email along with the name of the ISA coordinator. Only one video should be sent per school. The mail should have the subject ‘ISA Video Message Contest’ written on it. Entries not following the required guidelines will be regarded invalid and will not be considered.

Prizes: The names of the winners will be announced on Friday, 7 April 2017.  Selected entries will feature in a film which will be published on British Council official YouTube channel. The names of all valid entries will be acknowledged in the video. 12 best entries – three from each region (judged on the content of the message) will receive a selection of books from UK’s favourite authors for their school library and also for their teachers.

 

 

Competition 3: SDG 2030 - Your goal,my goal,everyone's goal.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focuses on people, planet and prosperity and listed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. It called all countries and stakeholders to act in collaborative partnership and implement the same. The goals are truly international and seek to realize the human rights of all and achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

British Council understands the global importance of the SDGs, the impact our work will make to their delivery, and the wider role that the UK has to play in their implementation. The new Connecting Classrooms programme was launched in 2015 and will run until 2018. It directly contributes to Goal 4 of the SDGs and aims to:

• give thousands of teachers and schools worldwide support to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum

• provide professional development for teachers and school leaders

• support international partnerships between the UK and 30 other countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia

• provide professional dialogue opportunities for policymakers.

If you have participated in any programme under Connecting Classrooms (core skills, use of online resources, participating in international partnerships) or have been a part of the British Council International School Award journey, here is your chance to take part in this exciting online competition to portray how you have contributed towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The competition: This competition is open to all Indian schools who have participated in Connecting Classrooms programme. What have you done to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? How have you used the online classroom resources on Schools Online that are tagged with the SDGs? How have you implemented the learnings from the core skills training to integrate them in raising awareness for the SDGs? Which projects have you undertaken as part of the British Council International School Award which has a direct relation to the SDGs? Thinking in these areas, submit a PowerPoint presentation of not more than 12 slides (including cover slide) on the most creative project that your school has undertaken over last 12 months which is related to the SDGs.

Who is eligible to participate? Indian schools who have participated in any programme under Connecting Classrooms are eligible to participate in this competition. 

Last date of submission: All entries must reach us by Monday, 27 March 2017. The entries need to be sent via email to pdschoolsindia@in.britishcouncil.org only. The PowerPoint presentation needs to be attached to the email in PPT format only. Only one presentation should be sent per school. The presentation should have a good mix of photographs  and description of the project that relates to the SDG. The mail should have the subject ‘SDG and Connecting Classrooms’ written on it. Entries not following the required guidelines will be regarded invalid and will not be considered.

Prizes: The names of the winners will be announced on Friday, 31 March 2017. Five best entries (judged on the content of the presentation) will receive a selection of books from UK’s favourite authors for their school library and also for their teachers.

PS- Ensure that you have permission from all those featuring in the photograph to share publicly. In case your photograph is selected we will be requesting for a media release form from you and your schools.

Competition 4: British Council School Ambassador - My Story

British Council School Ambassadors are our trusted partners. Their dedication and persistent hard work towards making British Council school programmes so successful is truly valued. Over the years they have been deeply committed to help young people become globally aware and globally competitive in the 21st century. We at British Council are extremely proud to have their support in helping us move forward in our endeavour. 

If you are a British Council School Ambassador, this is a chance to participate in an exciting online competition.

The competition: This competition is open to the British Council School Ambassadors from India only. Why did you decide to be a British Council School Ambassador (BCSA)? What has been your biggest achievement or contribution as a BCSA? How has the association with the British Council benefit you in your regular job? How has the association improve you as a professional? Tell us in 300 words what has been the biggest impact.

Who is eligible to participate? Only British Council School Ambassadors are eligible to participate in this competition. Only one entry is accepted per BCSA. 

Last date of submission: All entries must reach us by Monday, 27 March 2017. The entries need to be sent via email to pdschoolsindia@in.britishcouncil.org only. The entry needs to be attached to the email in PDF format only. Only one entry per BCSA will be accepted. The mail should have the subject ‘BCSA Impact Story: Name of the BCSA’ written on it. Entries not following the required guidelines will be regarded invalid and will not be considered.

Prizes: The names of the winners will be announced on Friday, 31 March 2017. Selected entries will feature in future publications of the British Council. Five best entries (judged on the content of the entry) will receive book vouchers from Oxford Bookstore.