Fifteen Mumbai schools were among several awarded from across the country at the British Council School Awards Ceremony on Monday night. The schools were recognised for their international curricula, their innovative programmes and partnerships with foreign schools.
While some city schools won awards in the International School Award (ISA) category, others won for their partnerships with other schools and for innovative projects. The city schools included Udayachal School, Vikhroli, Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane and Ryan International School, Kharghar. Schools from Amravati and Nagpur were other winners from the state.
The awards ceremony took place at the Taj President in Cuffe Parade. “We want young people to develop the knowledge, skill and understanding to work in a global economy,” said Rob Lynes, director, British Council, India in his opening address.
In total, 180 schools received the ISA and 42 received the award for Outstanding School Partnerships.
“Every year our students and teachers visit our partner school, the Whitecross School in Gloucestershire, or they visit us,” said Rekha Jagasia, principal of Kamla High School in Khar who won in the second category.
“The international opportunities and exposure for our teachers and children is great.” The school has won the ISA award twice in the past. Pragnya Bodhini School in Goregaon which won for its innovative project, has several projects running, including in sustainable development and child rights.
“The students are very enthusiastic and this gives them a broad canvas to work on,” said principal Seema Shaikh.