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Standard Chartered Bank – ‘Teach English’ Radio Presenters Training

Standard Chartered Bank – ‘Teach English’ Radio Presenters Training

Opening remarks by Kumba Ngongou, Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank at the Teach English Radio presenters training at the British Council Hall, at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday January 18th, 2012. 

Presenters from the various Radio Networks, Our Guest Facilitator from Fourah Bay College, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the British Council, Standard Chartered Bank and Plan Sierra Leone, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the ‘Teach English’ Radio Presenters Training aimed at empowering you to present the ‘Teach English’ Radio programmes.

The on-going ‘Teach English Radio’ and ‘Learn English Radio’ programmes formally launched by the British Council in 2011, in partnership with Plan Sierra Leone and with sponsorship from Standard Chartered Bank has significantly gained momentum, in improving every day use of English for young adults who use English for studying or at work.

We remain committed to ensure that we maintain this momentum and your  ‘Teach English Radio’ programme, is to help us achieve this.

Today, we are organising this training to empower you with advanced presentation skills which will be facilitated by Mr. Kenneth Osho, Head of Language Department Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone;  and by the end of this training, it is our expectation that the new presentation skills gained will aid you in positively presenting the ‘Teach English Radio’ programme.

At Standard Chartered, we believe that education provides a platform for the development of people and communities and thereby progress countries. Our contribution to the educational sector therefore, is an indication of our commitment to being a force-for-good for the progress of Sierra Leone, for its people and communities.

This is a great way of delivering on our brand promise of being ‘Here for good ‘in Sierra Leone!

On behalf of the British Council, Standard Chartered Bank and Plan Sierra Leone, and  our new Volunteering partners, I once again welcome you to this event and wish you a fruitful deliberation, as you identify best practices and gain new insights into advanced presentation skills aimed at impacting our Teaching public.

Thank you.

Standard Chartered Bank opens third ‘Teach English Radio’ presenters training programme

The British Council and Standard Chartered Bank has launched a two-day training workshop (18th – 19th January 2012) aimed at equipping another batch of Radio Presenters across the country on advanced presentation skills; to facilitate the on-going ‘Teach English Radio’ programme meant  to empower teachers nationwide to teach standard English Language in Sierra Leone.

The ‘Teach English Radio’ and ‘Learn English Radio’ programmes are on-going radio series across the country designed for teachers with big classes and few resources; and also designed to improve every day use of English for young adults who use English for studying or at work.

Kumba Ngongou, Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank in her opening remarks welcomed the participants from the different Radio Stations on behalf of the British Council, Standard Chartered Bank, and PLAN Sierra Leone. She further opined that Standard Chartered, British Council and other stakeholders remain committed to ensure that the momentum of the ‘Teach English Radio’ in Sierra Leone programme is sustained. “At Standard Chartered, we believe that education provides a platform for the development of people and communities and thereby progress countries. Our contribution to the educational sector therefore, is an indication of our commitment to being a force-for-good for the progress of Sierra Leone, for its people and communities. This is a great way of delivering on our brand promise of being ‘Here for good ‘in Sierra Leone.” She concluded.

Joseph Abu, Project Coordinator of the ‘Teach & Learn English Radio Programs,  British Council, had earlier given a brief background of the project which was borne out of the revelations from a 2009 UNICEF research which revealed that 75 million young people worldwide, lacked good quality education. Following the revelations of this research, the British Council then committed to utilise their teaching and learning skills through the Radio which has mass usage In Sierra Leone and is the most important, most reliable and most used source of information.

Radio presenters at the workshop included, presenters from Pujehun, Kabala, Tombo, Kono, Kambia and Moyamba amongst others. Other Guest facilitators included Allison, a Peace Corp Volunteer and Teacher at Harford School and Ransford Wright of the Independent Radio Network. Participants were also given a certificate at the end of the two days training.

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