From 17 to 19 June, a final meeting was held for the UNESCO-KFIT Project on ‘’ICT Transforming Education in Africa’’ in Paris. The UNESCO-Korean Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) has been running from 2016 to 2019 and has supported the integration of ICT approaches for education in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. This meeting presented the opportunity to meet and exchange on the achievements, challenges and lessons learned during this three-year project, and to evaluate on best practices in view of preparing a Phase II of the UNESCO-KFIT Project.
In attendance were the representatives of the respective countries’ ministries along with their permanent delegations, members of the country project teams, the UNESCO Headquarters project coordinating team, as well as representatives of various organizations from the Republic of Korea, partner institutions and the external project evaluation team.
The meeting opened with the address of Mr Borhene Chakroun, Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems at the Education Sector of UNESCO and Mr Hongjun Chai, First Secretary of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO to set the objectives of the meeting. This was followed by an expert presentation on the pedagogical use of ICTs in education by Prof. Mutlu Cukurova of University College London. An overview of achievements, challenges and lessons learned were delivered by the Chief of the ICT in Education Unit, Mr Fengchun Miao, after which the progress made in the three project countries was examined individually. The meeting was then divided into seven thematic seminars that drew examples from project countries. The themes explored were ICT in Education policy; Information for All Program; Teacher training on pedagogical use of ICT & ICT Competence Frameworks for Teachers; Digital resources and OER; Open and Distance Learning; E-school models; EMIS and e-Assessment; and Sustainability and Partnerships.
A preliminary evaluation of the KFIT Project was presented based on first impressions of the project, and the evaluation team is expected to deliver the final evaluation report by September 2019.
Talks about a Phase II proposal was reserved for the final day of the meeting, and discussions were geared around continuing the project funded by the Republic of Korea in three new countries: Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The new phase would start in July 2019 with an inception stage of approximately six months, and a project implementation stage of three years to last until 2023.