ICT transforming education in Africa
Launched in 2015, the ICT Transforming Education in Africa project fosters human and social development in African countries through the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for education. The beneficiaries of the project are teachers and students, primary and secondary public schools, higher education institutions, policy-makers, educational administrators and leaders. It is part of the UNESCO-Korea Funds-in-Trust cooperation.
The project aims to:
- Promote and achieve digital pedagogical transformation through ICT-enhanced school models.
- Improve teachers’ competences and confidence on the pedagogical use of ICT.
- Facilitate the development of national ICT in education policies and master plans, and knowledge-sharing.
- Align with Education 2030 and national education development priorities to maximize synergies with other key stakeholders in education systems.
- Ensure country ownership by establishing project teams led by education ministries and formed with key implementing agencies.
The first phase of the project was implemented in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2019. The second phase of the project is being carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal from 2020 to 2023.
During the first phase of the project, the country teams of each beneficiary country designed an intervention plan to be delivered through corresponding project activities, based on national needs and priorities (see the final report of the first phase).
- Rwanda ICT Essentials for Teachers: a training course on the pedagogical integration of ICT, aligned to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
To capitalize on the regional dimension of the project, activities are organized to share results, disseminate lessons learnt and organize synergies for improved implementation. Regional activities involving the three countries also envisage strategies to scale up activities.
The project was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea and is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 4), the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25) and the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education.
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