MUMBAI, (GNI): British Council India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mumbai First to collaborate and work together in the areas of education, tourism, art and culture for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Under the MoU, Mumbai First and British Council will initiate projects and activities to work towards an all-round achievement in two key areas that will positively impact the citizens of MMR region – Education and Culture.
In terms of Education, the initiatives will be aimed at enrichment of teaching skills as well as quality improvement of low cost private English medium schools in MMR. Professional development and language proficiency training programmes will be introduced to focus on improving teaching skills and learning outcomes. These programmes will be conducted face to face and digitally, with government primary and secondary school teachers across MMR. The new schools will focus on developing the school leadership, 21st century core skills of learners and quality in the classrooms. Both organisations will also explore the possibility for joint awards for schools that meet the set quality standards.
The other critical aspect of the MoU would be to support the creative and cultural economy of the MMR to promote the region as a preferred destination for tourists coming to India. There will be initiatives to take the diverse range of music of Mumbai to a global audience through Mix the City Mumbai project, which features recordings of performances by Mumbai musicians curated online. The collaboration will seek installations to be placed in public spaces across the city, creating multiple sites where people will be able to become a part of the city’s rich musical heritage. The initiative will also include exchanges throughout the year between UK and Indian artists, organisations and the public through collaborative projects designed to nurture talent and promote wider cultural dialogue.
Alan Gemmell, OBE Director India, British Council, said, “We’re delighted that in Prime Minister Modi’s UK-India Year or Culture, we can deepen our connections with the city through a new partnership with Mumbai First. For almost 70 years we have helped put education and culture at the heart of the UK’s relationship with Mumbai. Through our collaboration with Mumbai First we will build on recent successes like Mix the City Mumbai – a digital cultural initiative showcasing the sights and sounds of the city with people all over the world – and our support to almost 10,000 teachers in municipal schools’’
Shishir Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Mumbai First said: “This collaboration is in line with our vision to transform Mumbai / Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) into a world-class safe city, one of the best places in which to live and do business in. It will be a critical milestone in impacting the lives of people through initiatives around education, creativity and culture empowering them and making MMR a better place to live, work and play for the citizens.”
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