A ChalkLiteer, Akansha Saxena, who is an assistant teacher at Agahpur Primary School in Bisrakh Block, Gautambudh Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh has won a scholarship to attend the Conference of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL 2019) in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The IATEFL conference which will take place from 1st April to 5th April next year will witness participation from 3000 educators from more than 100 countries around the world coming together for a vibranṭ 4-day programme with 500+ talks, workshops and forums
The scholarship provided by the British Council covers the complete expenses of her tour in the UK for this grand exposure.
Akansha joined the Department of Basic Education in 2010. Her attitude to give her best at her work has resulted in creating several opportunities for her. She has worked with UNICEF for Beti Bachao Beti Padao and was appointed as a Nodal Person for Girl Child Education. She has also worked with Foster and Forge CSR initiative for teacher training contributing to professional development for her peers.
One of the highlights of her teaching & training career was in April 2014 when she was called upon to conduct a training programme at the Block Resource Center to share some of her teaching techniques with the fellow teachers. Though this was organized at a 1-day notice, she ended up organizing an extremely engaging 4- day training for the teacher trainees as well as of the officials. This set the ball rolling for her successful trainer career.
With an intention to provide regular exposure to the teachers of her district she has started an initiative called as English Learning Club in February 2018 where 50 teachers of all age groups have signed up. She was then selected to be an English Master Trainer with the British Council for the state of Uttar Pradesh where she was further groomed and trained by the expert faculty at the British Council and eventually she has also now been selected for the scholarship to attend the IATEFL conference at Liverpool in the UK.
“I feel really privileged to have won this opportunity as it would provide me an international exposure to learn, share and network with fellow professionals from all sectors of English language teaching and learning”, says Akansha while speaking with the ChalkLit team. On her return, she wishes to collaborate with ChalkLit to share her learnings from the event with her fellow teachers here in India.
Million Sparks Foundation and ChalkLit wholeheartedly congratulate her and wish her all the best.
By Prahlad Chakma