The Hands Up Project

The Hands Up Project, started by Nick Bilbrough, teaches English through online storytelling and other remote learning activities. The project works with children in circumstances that may be challenging because of social, political or economic reasons.

Current projects include groups of children from UNRWA schools in Gaza and the West Bank, Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan, and an NGO in Pakistan.

The initiative has two aims. Firstly to provide an interactive and motivating learning experience to children in contexts where exposure to English is limited. Secondly to build up a freely accessible bank of resources for training and development to teachers who work in such contexts.

For the past three years Nick has worked regularly in Palestine, Pakistan and other countries in the region, telling stories and conducting face-to-face teacher training through the British Council. Building on these experiences and on the relationships he has established, Nick has now set up the Hands Up Project to provide support for learners and teachers in these contexts.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the website:

Watch Nick's video about the project and find out how you can donate to keep it going by clicking on the link below:

Download a copy of Stories Alive! below. This photocopiable resource book of story based language learning activities for young learners was written by Nick and funded by the British Council. 



Submitted by jvl narasimha rao on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 01:08

I would like to make use of the idea in my class as teacher and teacher trainer.My compliments to Braddock on writing wonderful blogs one after the other in quick succession. yours sincerely, JVL NARASIMHA RAO INDIA

Submitted by Drifa Chergui on Sat, 08/13/2016 - 16:19

So beautiful way to get pupils involved.I love . I think it will really encourage my pupils to speak and exchange roles.

Submitted by itssibel on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:39

I do not decide how to appreciate your work Nick. It is so useful and effective for both students and teachers. I hope to see you in Konya and want to introduce you to my students.

Submitted by David Heathfield on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 23:07

This is a truly wonderful and creative endeavour which deserves all our support. Nick's project and his accompanying blog is inspiring not just for teachers and students in the region, but it is a demonstration of the transcending power of storytelling universally.

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