LAHORE - The British Council and Punjab Education Foundation have decided to explore new avenues of cooperation in teacher training and education improvement in Punjab. The plan aims at opening the doors of quality education for the children of economically deprived people of the province. In this regard, Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani held a detailed tripartite meeting with the librarys Director Education, Central- and South-Asia Ms. Lynne Heslop and Project Officer Ms. Rukhsana Asim, through video conferencing, at his office, on Wednesday. Punjab Skills Development Fund Companys CEO Ali Sarfraz, along with Ms. Sara Saeed, PEF-DMD (Ops.) Tanvir Zaffar, PEF-Project Officer (Donors Relations) Ms. Samreen Sajjad and Subject Specialists Rehana Qaisar, and Huma Mir also attended. At the outset, PEF-MD briefed Ms. Heslop about various dimensions of PEF working in collaboration with the 2445 partner schools in 29 districts and maintained that PEF can benefit from the technical assistance of the British Council in school education. Adding that teaching of English language should be so designed that the students could use it as a 'skill in their later life, he observed that PEF can join Connecting Classrooms Online project of the British Council. 90 percent of the PEF partner schools have their own personal computers therefore, through ICT, students of PEF partner schools can benefit from the British experience, he said. Ms. Heslop informed the meeting that British Council Pakistan had decided to upscale its work in the English language as its an essential skill. She said that Connecting Classrooms program, aims at interlinking Pakistani and British institutions for mutual learning, has been launched in Pakistan to develop trust and understanding between young people living in different societies and creating a safer and more connected world for the future. It will help develop a wider world view in students, she hoped. In the next phase, as many as 300 Pakistani schools, 50 from Punjab, are going to be included in Connecting Classrooms Online programme to enable the schools in Pakistan to benefit from the international experience through Information and Communication Technology, she added. She also informed that Pakistani industry and institutions of higher learning will be interlinked with British institutions and the industry to help them to learn new innovations.