Mark Herbert is head of Schools Programmes at the British Council. He has worked for the organisation since 2006, initially as Director of Communications. Before this he worked in communications, marketing and strategy and was Head of Communications for part of the UK’s National Health Service and Head of Communications for the Royal Mail’s international division. He has a particular interest in how school systems can be improved through international collaboration to improve access and quality.
As the late, great Nelson Mandela once said, “If you speak to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you speak to a man in his own language, it goes to his heart”. And for me, at least, there are few better ways to express just how valuable learning another language can be - by opening hearts, we open minds and by opening minds, we open doors.