Experts Meeting on Defining the ICT in Education Policy Toolkit
The meeting convenes leading experts to share their insights and recommendations to develop a new toolkit and publication on ICT in education. Those resources will guide Member States in the creation of a comprehensive work plan for the integration of ICT in Education and better achieve the goals of Qingdao and Incheon Declarations.
In 2005, UNESCO launched the “ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners and Practitioners”. It was a response to the request of UNESCO Member-States to develop a tool that would help policymakers systematically plan and integrate ICT in education. The ICT in Education Toolkit has two objectives: guiding policymakers throughout the process of developing ICT in Education Master Plans and providing guideline to answer questions policymakers ask during the planning process.
From 2005 to 2012, more than 700 education policymakers and planners from 30 countries benefited from the toolkit and capacity building workshops organized by UNESCO. Their positive feedbacks prove that the toolkit is an effective tool for UNESCO to engage and help countries get started on ICT in education.
However, new situations require the toolkit to be updated to align with the Qingdao and Incheon Declarations. The updated UNESCO toolkit must help policymakers better understand the provisions of the Qingdao Declaration, the first international declaration on ICT, and also harness ICT to achieve the goals of the Incheon Declaration or Education 2030.
To this purpose, UNESCO in collaboration with leading experts is developing a new toolkit and publication to guide Member States in the creation of a comprehensive work plan for the integration of ICT in Education.
The forthcoming expert meeting is expected to achieve two main objectives:
- gathering critical input on the main structure of policy development, flow, and content for the new web-based UNESCO ICT in Education Policy Toolkit
- providing input on the structure, examples, and resources for the ICT in Education Policy Guidelines, a print guide complementing the Toolkit.
Participants will include leading experts from UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (Moscow), UNESCO Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (CETIC.br), Instituto de Informatica Educativa, Institute for Education and Socio-Economic Research and Consulting, Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (Cambodia), and Korea Education and Research Information Service.