Teacher and student from city school win Commonwealth Class Awards for story writing


Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India,  handed over Commonwealth Class Awards for Story Writing 2016 to a teacher and a student from The Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata. This was during the school’s annual prize distribution ceremony.

Commonwealth Class is a dynamic and exciting programme of activities, learning resources, and events for schools. It has been brought together by the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth, and connect schools and young people across the globe on joint learning programmes.

Thousands of students and teachers from around the world put their creative talents on display in the annual story writing competition.The category for the Commonwealth Class story writing competition 2016 was on the theme of ‘belonging’.

Nandini Dasgupta, teacher from Modern High School for Girls won first place for her story Siblings for Life, which deals sensitively with the issue of families so hard-pressed by poverty that they are forced to put children up for adoption. Beautifully told through the eyes and emotions of a child, it’s balanced and touching, and a worthy winner.

Priyadarshini Nag, a student of class 1 from the Modern High School for Girls won an Outstanding Achievement Award for her story which is a reflection on the value a street community brings to a neighbourhood. 

The aim of Commonwealth Class is to encourage students to collaborate and learn together, and consider how they can be more active and responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family. Teaching and learning together between schools in the UK and the Commonwealth has proven positive educational benefits for young people.

Says Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India: “I am delighted that there are two awardees from Kolkata for the Commonwealth Class Awards for story writing. I would like to congratulate Nandini Dasgupta and Priyadarshini Nag, as well as Modern High School for Girls, to which they both belong, for this achievement. We are celebrating 2017 as the UK-India Year of Culture and want to continue facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between school systems and professionals in India and the UK through our work in a range of schools in East and Northeast India.