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Teachers to hone Shakespearean skills.

MUSCAT: In collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the British Council, working alongwith the Ministry of Education, is providing Omani drama teachers and supervisors the opportunity to train in active, leading edge pedagogic and performance based approaches to teaching Shakespeare.

This international collaboration will build on the key skills and knowledge of the participating teachers to create a unique learning journey, combining the expertise of participating teachers with the text based knowledge and practice of RSC education practitioners.

The programme which took place from November 12 to 16 and will continue in January 2012, the programme aims to create a community of practice, to develop the teaching, learning and performance of Shakespeare.

The RSC will work with teachers and supervisors over the next 3 months to support their work leading to the Schools Theatre Festival in 2012. As part of this international programme the winning performance will have the opportunity to travel to London to be involved in 'worlds together', a major international education conference in the World Shakespeare Festival, part of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad.

The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe.

As an organisation, the RSC has four values. In all their work, whether in staging their productions or in their education work with teachers and young people, they aim to be Collaborative, Ambitious, Inquiring and Engaging.

As part of the WSF, the RSC is working in collaboration with the British Council to explore where, how and why Shakespeare is taught in education systems across the world. Case studies will be created from seven different countries about Shakespeare's place in their education system and Oman will feature as one of these case studies.

The results of the research and case studies will be published in September 2012, as part of the 'Worlds Together' education conference hosted in collaboration with Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dr Madiha Al Shaibani said: Such collaboration not only develops the skills and knowledge of our teachers and children but also supports Oman's engagement into the international arena and promotes efforts of enhancing cross-cultural dialogue. Means for the development of brain, body and soul.

Paul Doubleday, Director of the British Council in Oman says: It is a wonderful opportunity for Omani teachers and students to be involved in what is probably the largest celebration of Shakespeare ever. Oman's rich heritage is easily communicated through the writings of the bard, and Omani children will have the opportunity to explore some of the richest language and best theatre in education practise led by The Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Nov 22, 2011
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