MANGALDAI: Nabanita Baruah, a subject teacher in English at Betbari Higher Secondary School in Sivasagar district, has been selected for the Global Teacher Grant (GTG) 2019 from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State as an alumnus of a teacher exchange program. It is a highly prestigious grant to be funded by the US government for her project. The objective of her project is to understand the problems and specific issues that hinder the development of communication skills in English, particularly among the students in rural areas.
GTGs are sponsored annually by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administered by IREX. The grant offers teacher exchange program alumni an opportunity to demonstrate teacher leadership, develop themselves professionally and enhance their role as change agents in their schools and communities.
A teacher with a difference, Nabanita Baruah always looks to add novelty to her teaching. For her, learning takes place when teaching becomes interesting and enjoyable. Keeping this in mind, she goes on exploring opportunities available for government teachers and to bring changes in the teaching-learning process.
She attended the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) 2012 and spent five months in James Madison University in Virginia, USA. With her proposed project, she wishes to hold a two-day workshop for teachers working in rural areas in her district on ‘Innovative teaching methods to develop communication skills in the English language in rural Assam’ which will certainly benefit the English language teachers in rural Assam and inspire other teachers to apply for similar opportunities.
Nabanita Barua is amongst 170 teachers across the globe to receive the GTG.