UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning brought together twenty education administrators, teachers, and policy makers from Antigua and Barbuda for two consultative workshops on developing a national OER policy and a country strategy for implementing ICT-CFT from 18 to 21 March 2013.
The workshops focused on brainstorming essential elements to be incorporated in such a strategy, while aligning it to the national educational goals, plans and strategies on capacity building in ICTs in education. The UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers was used to guide the discussions around teacher professional development.
The workshops were inaugurated by Dr Edmund Mansoor, Honourable minister for The Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology and Mr Winston Williams, Honourable Minister for Education. Both the ministers reiterated Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to integrate ICTs in primary, secondary and tertiary education and to harness OERs.
Both workshops were facilitated by Neil Butcher, an educational technology specialist, who will prepare a draft policy on ICT in Education and OER in Antigua and Grenada, which will be presented to Ministry of Telecommunication and Ministry of Education, Government of Antigua and Barbuda before the end of March. This policy will incorporate a structured approach to harnessing the UNESCO ICT Competence Framework for Teachers to direct capacity building in Antigua and Barbuda. It will also integrate strategies on the effective use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Antigua and Barbuda.
The workshop was organized by the UNESCO Kingston Office in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning and the support of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Telecommunication, Science and Technology, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and National Commission for UNESCO.