Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education 2016

Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education 2016

27-29 June 2016  |  Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE) has served as a convening platform for the Central Asian republics to collectively discuss ongoing challenges in education and identify possible solutions through effective utilization of ICTs in education since its inception in 2011. As a region that shares a unique social, cultural and historical background different from the rest of the Asia and Pacific region, the participating countries in the past CASIEs celebrated the rare opportunity to exchange their views and experiences in integrating ICT in education, and collectively deliberate on effective solutions to various challenges.

For the last few decades, the Central Asian region has gone through considerable changes in its economic landscape, becoming a competitive actor in the global economy. For example, the added value from the service sector in Central Asia has been drastically increasing while the economic share from agricultural and industrial sectors has declined. Although this is a global trend, the growth spurt in the service sector of the region is remarkable, compared to other regions in Asia and the Pacific. 

Developing a well‐educated and skilled society is key to the successful development of any nation. Education and training have to be responsive and relevant to the demands of employers and requirements of the increasingly changing and unpredictable job market. With a sizeable young population, the Central Asian countries can increase their competitiveness by raising youth employability through a stronger alignment of the outcomes of education and training with the skills requirements of the labour market. It is in this context that this year’s CASIE seeks to examine challenges in skills development in Central Asia, and explore how ICTs can contribute to addressing the issues, such as improving employability, quality of education and training, and create a more labour market responsive and relevant education and training sector.

Given the renewed attention to skills development in Education 2030 agenda and its association with ICT to unleash the full potential for skills development, the CASIE 2016 will focus on the following four themes:

  • ICTs to facilitate open, flexible and blended learning opportunities for all
  • ICTs to support practical oriented authentic learning experiences
  • ICTs to strengthen data‐informed education and training policy development to adapt to job market trends
  • Partnerships for mainstreaming ICTs in education and training

The Symposium will examine policies, strategies, and initiatives to address the growing need for adequate skills development that meet the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s labour markets. Through various formats, such as plenary and break‐out workshop sessions, the Symposium will serve as an opportunity for the Central Asian countries to further explore the issues surrounding skills development and support to mainstream holistic and effective use of ICT in TVET at the ground level. The daily reflection sessions will bring together participants at all levels, including policy makers, international and national experts in ICT for skills development, TVET teacher educators, and Ministerial officials to discuss shared and individual challenges in order to initiate partnerships, as well as share perspectives on suitable policies and programmes. Collectively, this format would encourage a link between policy, research, and practice.


Objectives

The CASIE 2016 aims to:

  • bring together national education policy makers, practitioners and development partners to explore the potentials of ICT to strengthen education and training system in the region
  • provide a platform for the Central Asian republics to discuss ongoing challenges and identify possible solutions for relevant and demanded skills development, with a particular focus on effective utilization of ICT in TVET
  • promote collaboration and partnerships among the Central Asian countries in the identification of solutions in response to similar issues and challenges toward effective and efficient use of ICT in TVET

Language of the Symposium

Russian and English with simultaneous translation in both languages

Participants

  • Participating countries: Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Republic of Uzbekistan.
  • Three participants from each of the six countries: 1) Policy Maker (e.g. high level official from a ministry of education which governs TVET), 2) Head of TVET division, 3) Head of ICT‐in‐Education Division. More participants from the host country might be present.
  • Officials from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Representatives from the Korea Research and Education Information Service (KERIS)
  • Experts from UNESCO and other international organizations/NGOs
  • Partner representatives from the private sector

Expected Outputs

A publication containing the following will be produced and disseminated:

  • A status review of issues and trends in skills development of the Central Asian countries, with special focus on the use of ICT in education and training
  • Promising cases from the region and beyond
  • Policy recommendations from workshop
  • Follow‐up activities for cooperation

Contact Information

ict.bgk@unesco.org  

Presentations

Keynote presentation

Country level reporting  

Plenary Session 1: Providing open, flexible and blended learning opportunities for all 

Plenary Session 2: Supporting practice oriented authentic learning experiences 

Plenary Session 3: Strengthening data-informed education and training policy development

Roundtable

Reflection session 

Workshops

Plenary Session 4: Building partnerships for mainstreaming ICTs in education and training

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