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British Council ends 12-month anniversary celebration Sunday

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The British Council in Nigeria will, on Sunday, June 14, conclude its 12-month “Thanks to You” 75th anniversary celebration, which started June 9, 2019.

The Council noted that the thank-you campaign was aimed at recognising as well as celebrating the thousands of participants, who have taken advantage of the various programmes on offer at the British Council to transform their lives and those of their local communities in Nigeria.

In a statement on Wednesday, the British Council added: “In conclusion to the year-long celebration, we have launched a week-long ‘finale-quiz’ competition to invite all Nigerians to participate in our anniversary event before it ends on June 14 and also win prizes for engaging with the 75 Stories published on our website.”

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It noted that the British Council “has been in Nigeria since 1944 and, every year, we reach out to students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Nigeria to change lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.”

The Council also mentioned some of its achievements in Nigeria.

According to the body, 2,935 teachers have been trained through schools and English language programmes since 2018; more than 3,900 students across 26 schools have gained access to an international dimension in their education through the International School’s Award to help them prepare for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.

Also, over 117,352 internationally-recognised exams were taken by Nigerians connecting them to worldwide learning opportunities, helping to improve their life chances.

In addition, it added, 4,832 artists were provided with empowerment opportunities through training and networking platforms in 2018.

It noted that “the British Council works with more than 10 million people every year out of offices in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt reaching audiences of more than 52 million.

“The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

“We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with.”

While mentioning the organisations it had partnered, the Council said: “One project we are proud of is the Mirabel Centre, Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

“It was championed by Itoro Eze-Anaba, a participant of our programme. The centre was established with our support in 2013 and managed by Partnership for Justice (PJ).

“It provides holistic and high quality medical and psychosocial services to survivors of sexual assault and rape. We have since set up 11 more assault centres across Nigeria.”


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