The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.
We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosperous world. In terms of our reach and impact, we are the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. Cultural relations is a component of international relations which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact. We use English, Arts, and Education and Society – the best of the UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and to attract partners to working with the UK. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.
The British Council in Uganda
The strong ties between Uganda and the UK have been cemented over the last 50 years. One of the UK’s main contributions to independent Uganda is the enhancement of skills through cultural exchange initiatives, benefitting many public sector individuals in the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s.
In the last decade, we have changed our focus to align with the demands on the ground – with 60% of the 33 million Ugandan population under the age of 30, there is a huge demand for skills, quality learning opportunities and qualifications as Ugandans seek employment in and outside the country. The British Council is looking to bridge this gap by sharing the UK’s expertise in the areas of English teaching and learning, building capacity in schools and communities and developing connections in the arts and creative economy.