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"Why can't other teachers teach like you?" -British Minister to EIA teacher

British Minister of State for International Development, Mr. Rory Stewart, has observed an English class facilitated by the teacher, Rebeka Sultana, in National (Shokal) Government Primary School in Mirpur, Dhaka on 29th August. He appreciated the way the teacher used different teaching aids and facilitated an interactive lesson in English to meet the learning outcomes. After class, the Minister asked the teacher, "Why can't other teachers teach like you?" He highly appreciated the innovations that EIA brings in classroom.

The UK Government is committed to support Bangladesh to become an economically prosperous and developed country. The Minister wanted to reaffirm the issue by his three days visit with a range of people; including Ministers, high level Government Officials, development partners, civil society people and the business community, who have benefitted from the UK's support. EIA is funded by UKaid, so the Minister wanted to learn how it is implemented inside the classroom.

After class observation, the Minister also talked with the students to know about their level of communication in English. He also asked them about the United Kingdom. The students also talked to him about cricket and the England cricket team in English without any hesitation.

Fahmida Shabnam, Education Advisor, DFID; Sue Williamson, Team Leader, EIA and Sudeb Kumar Biswas, Head of Teacher Training and Support, EIA accompanied the Minister in the visit.

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English in Action programme is a UK Government
funded programme implemented by the
Government of Bangladesh and managed by
Cambridge Education, a member of Mott MacDonald.