The « Awareness Raising Workshop on the ICT Competency Framework (ICT CFT) Harnessing OER », held under the patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Togo, was held on 24 and 25 February 2015 in Lomé, Togo. It aimed to provide an introduction to the ICT CFT and OERs and their relevance in the national contect.
This workshop which was organized conjointly with the Togo National Commission to UNESCO, and the University of Lomé brought together key national stakeholders from the Togo Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry of the Post and Digital Economy, the Ministry of Social Action, Women, and Literacy, and the Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education, as well the University of Lomé, the University of Kara and a number of private higher education institutions.
H.E. Mr Octve Nicoué K. Broohm, Minister of Higher Education and Research, in his opening speech underscored the increased need for a trained work force with the necessary ICT skills. H.E. Mr Broohm stated,”To reach these objectives, teachers must be ready, and UNESCO has produced the ICT CFT which identifies the necessary competencies that teachers must have to effectively use ICT in their professional practice”.
The Workshop focused on providing an overview of the ICT CFT components and their relevance to national educational needs. The discussions also focused on the use of OER – based teacher training materials for the development of pedagogical materials to support the implementation of the ICT CFT.
This activity is part of UNESCO’s continued efforts of promoting the application of ICTs to enhance the quality of and access to education, including the stimulation of production, sharing and access to open educational resources (OERs). After the adoption of the Paris OER Declaration in 2012 UNESCO, this activity is being implemented with the financial support of the Hewlett Foundation and the European Commission.