Release date: 24 April 2008
BP launched the first step of a new educational initiative in Baku today to help promote science through increasing access to better-quality science education in Azerbaijan.
The overall project will concentrate on three main science subjects: chemistry, physics and biology. It will offer a well-tested teacher training model initiating active teaching and learning approaches. It will also provide significant support for the implementation of the new curriculum for the three designated science subjects.
The project will be administered by the British Council, BP’s successful long time partner in educational initiatives in Azerbaijan, in partnership with a consortium of local and international partners, including the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan, National Science Learning Centre from UK, and Azerbaijan In-service Teachers’ Training Institute.
BP will spend approximately $240,000 for the implementation of this year’s pilot project which is aimed at capacity building for a core group of teacher trainers and teachers. It will target 56 educators, including 23 teacher trainers from Azerbaijan In-service Teachers’ Training Institute, 13 university instructors, 15 science teachers representing five pilot schools from Baku, Sumqayit, Salyan, Lankaran and Ganja, five principals and education officers from the five pilot regions.
“BP has selected this project to help the country strengthen its capacity in science education, and train potential leaders in this area. In a longer term, we hope, the project will have a national impact through reaching every single science teacher throughout the country and equipping them with a set of interactive teaching skills easy to adapt to all science subjects at schools. We believe the initiative is structured in the best possible way to reach this long-term goal,” says Seymour Khalilov, BP’s Vice-President, Communications and External Affairs.
Notes to Editors:
In Azerbaijan BP to date has sponsored a number of educational projects:
Tamam Bayatly, BP Baku Press office, telephone: 994 (0) 12 599 4557