'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC
What happens when you combine language, culture and politics in the classroom? Melissa Kennedy and Jon Green, teachers on a two-year project aimed at raising the awareness of language, culture and politics of the European Union for 300 young Belarusians, explain.
Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)
What makes people like a country? New research, released today, surveyed more than 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds in each of six countries: Brazil, China, Germany, India, the US and the UK. So what did people think of the UK? Anne Bostanci breaks down the results.
'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.
In August 2013, the British Council’s Visual Arts Director, Andrea Rose, along with photographer Nick Danziger and writer Rory MacLean, travelled to North Korea at the invitation of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) authorities. They set out to provide a view of the people and the country with the aim of informing future discussion about this isolated state.
1.4-1.5 million men from India served for Britain in the war. Photo of wounded Indian soldiers in a French village courtesy of Imperial War Museum.
The First World War started 100 years ago and forever changed the world, not just Europe. The British Council's Anne Bostanci, co-author of the report Remember the World as well as the War, published today, gives us a glimpse into the war's global scale and legacy.
Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence
Editing the British Council Voices blog was a joy during 2013. We asked our authors – both outside and inside the British Council – questions with the wide-eyed curiosity of children, and ended up publishing writing that made us laugh, cry and, most of all, think about education and culture in ways we hadn’t before.