Learning to present your arguments in a public debate is a useful life skill (image credit: Carla de Souza Campos on Flickr under Creative Commons)
Sheanna Patelmaster, 17, is a student at Withington Girls' School in Manchester and was part of the winning team at the UK vs India Debating Matters Competition International Final last week. She explains why learning to win arguments is a useful life skill.
Learning 1,000 words in a new language is a manageable goal. Photo by zeh fernando under Creative Commons licence
Brits have a reputation for being poor linguists, so a group of UK institutions, including the British Council, launched a campaign last week to encourage everyone – not just the elites – to learn at least 1,000 words in another language. Campaign lead Teresa Tinsley explains.
More than four million people are taking vocational courses, but the demand is for at least 96 million more places. Photo by Umar Farooq
South Asia is on the cusp of a demographic dividend even greater than China’s in the last century. With a population of 1.6 billion, of which 20% are aged 15-24, a sizeable next generation is emerging, along with inherent challenges. Peter Upton, our director in Pakistan, explains.
Acholi dancers perform in South Sudan (image credit: George Lasu)
Some 60 languages are spoken in South Sudan. Our country director writes about the country's extraordinary linguistic diversity, recently celebrated during a cultural evening organised by the British Council and partners in Juba.
Art attracts, propaganda does not - Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja looking at UK artist Graham Sutherland's 'Rocky Landscape', Photo by Rigel Klingman
Soft power is a state’s ability to achieve its international objectives through attraction and co-option – including education and culture – rather than through coercion (e.g., military force). As states invest more and more in their soft power, experts debated global trends in London on 18 June 2013. This is the transcript.