ICT in Education-About-us
Established in 2002, the Programme at UNESCO Bangkok assists 46 Members States across the Asia-Pacific region to harness the potential of ICT in achieving inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The Programme is under the Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) Section and envisions cultivating a new culture of learning through mainstreaming ICT-enabled innovations in education at all levels, encompassing formal, informal and non-formal settings.
The Programme works to assist Member States in developing sound and holistic ICT in Education policies and strategies as integral parts of education sector plans. To do so, the Programme provides research-based policy advice, facilitates regional cooperation and exchange, and offers national workshops for policy development and capacity building.
What We Do
1. Policy Advice: The Programme supports Member States in developing and revising ICT in Education Master Plans that are closely aligned with national education goals. Currently, projects are in place with the governments of Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and others.
2. Safe, effective and responsible use of ICT: One of the Programme’s flagship programs advocates safe, effective and responsible use of ICT among children in order to effectively navigate and participate in the digital world. For this, the team focuses on promoting policy dialogue and on building the education sector’s capacity to foster digital citizenship among children through the provision of evidence-based policy guidelines and the curation of relevant educational resources.
- Recognizing teachers as agents of change, the Programme supports Member States in developing and reviewing national ICT competency standards for teachers that are aligned with national goals and ICT in Education Masterplans.
- In order to provide a knowledge exchange platform for teachers and teacher educators, the Programme supports Resource Distribution and Training Centres (RDTC) throughout Asia-Pacific in order to disseminate UNESCO resources, capacitate education stakeholders, and develop a community of knowledge and experience sharing that is based on collaboration and partnerships.
4. Research: ICT in Education engages in various regional research studies to provide comparative benchmarks around ICT in SDG4. Please see Publications for the list.
5. International cooperation: Through such high-level meetings as Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education (AMFIE) and Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE), UNESCO ensures that the key sub-regional and regional education stakeholders have the opportunity to share common and unique challenges, learn from each other’s experiences, share resources and best practices, and collaborate.
UNESCO HQ, UNESCO IITE, Korea Ministry of Education, KERIS, Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, SEAMEO, ITU, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP, OECD, Chungdahm Learning, Intel, Google Asia-Pacific, and Microsoft.