Luton council’s senior early years consultant, Sue Thomas and signing trainer, Katja O’Neill, flew to Thailand to showcase their Sign 2 Learn initiative.
They were invited and funded by the Knowledge Source Institute in Bangkok to deliver their programme to teachers from schools across Thailand and Beijing.
One delegate commented: “I have not been so inspired and motivated for a very long time. The content, the speakers, the personal experiences they shared, the chance to actually practice how to sign left me smiling throughout.”
Ms Thomas said: “It was great to have the opportunity to fly the flag for Luton in an international arena and to have such a positive response.”
The initiative uses signs taken from British Sign Language (BSL), it is used in children’s centres, nurseries and primary schools across Luton.
Fiona McGlone, interim director of children and learning, said: “The work that our early years team and Sign 2 Learn are delivering in Luton is having a significant impact and is helping to raise educational standards of children from an early age in a fun and innovative way, which can only have a positive impact on future learning.”