British Council to restart Teaching English [Archives:2007/1055/Local News]

May 31 2007

SANA'A, May 29 ) During a meeting held last Monday in honor of British Ambassador to Yemen who is about to leave the country, Director of the British Council in Yemen Elizabeth White announced that the study in the British Council will be launched next November, indicating that the council was restored in 1999 in partnership with the University of Science and Technology after halting its activities in 1995.

She also pointed out that the British Council is planning to expand teaching English in primary schools of Yemen, a project that has been launched in 16 schools across the country. Further, she pinpointed that the council plans to extend the concerned program to other typical schools in main cities as a first step and then to adopt it later on in all primary schools across the republic.

Additionally, she indicated that the council reacts to the demands of Yemeni people and thus they depend on bespoke curricula prepared with special attention to cover the needs of Yemeni students.

For his part, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi praised the efforts of the British Council as it helps boost the cultural and educational relations between Yemen and UK. He also demanded the expansion of teaching English in primary schools as well as increasing the postgraduate fellowships and scholarships.

The British Council was opened in Yemen in 1973 under the directorship of Clive Smith and the support of the British Embassy. It used to provide English courses together with sponsoring cultural activities. With Yemen's reunification, the council opened a branch in Aden; however, this venturing was suspended in 1995 following Yemen's civil war in 1994.