World Voice: How Does It Work?

Each World Voice programme is developed within the educational and cultural context of the individual country.  Below is an outline of the programme activity, however the delivery phases can be adapted to the context through discussion in phase 2.


Phase 1: Planning and set up

After an initial scoping visit to a new country, the local British Council office carries out research to ensure that demand and interest for World Voice is present and strong local partners are willing to sustainably support World Voice in the long run. The project is then set up with help from the team in the UK.


Phase 2: First visit

The first visit by a UK Vocal Leader consists of a set of workshops with a group of children and teachers from participating schools. The teachers learn through observation and also have the opportunity to participate and discuss the tools and techniques they are seeing in action. The workshops culminate with a performance to an audience of invited teachers, head teachers, parents and representatives from regional or national education or cultural ministries, potential partners and other stakeholders.


Phase 3: Follow-up visits

Having helped teachers and partners understand the ideas behind using singing as a tool in the classroom, the programme can begin to develop as a teacher training programme. Over the next year, UK trainers return to the country for a series of intensive teacher training sessions. Teachers learn to apply the tools and techniques in their own classroom, and some of the teachers move on to become Master Trainers who can cascade the training across the country.


Phase 4: Cascading the pedagogy / facilitating attitude and policy change

An identified group of local Master Trainers cascade the learning to new teachers throughout the country.  New resources are developed according to needs, and the existing World Songbook continues to be used and shared. As the programme grows and evaluation demonstrates its value, success stories are  shared with ministries or other policy makers. Policy and attitude change (at a local, regional or national level) is likely to happen in partnership with local agencies and organisations.



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