English Connects is a programme that connects African youth and the future generation of leaders with the UK through English. It aims to improve the quality of English language teaching and learning, particularly in French and Portuguese speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), thus creating opportunities to enable young people to increase their potential to study and improve their employability and networks.
Working with governments, the private sector, young entrepreneurs, future leaders, educators, and learners in formal and non-formal education, the programme aims to reach and impact a wide audience through face-to-face interaction, media, and digital channels.
English Connects is currently active in twelve countries: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea (Conakry), Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Senegal.
The programme connects UK ELT providers, institutions, media and educational technology agencies with targeted countries, showcasing UK expertise, creativity and innovation in education, aiming to build trust and new partnerships.
Programme activities focus on three main strands:
- Access to broadcast, digital, and on and off-line English resources for young people
- Professional development for teachers along with strengthening of their communities of practice
- Engagement with ministries of education and others on English language provision, in conjunction with FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
Visit the British Council Senegal website for more information about the project and to access a wide range of free resources for teachers and learners of English: