UNESCO Bangkok's ICT in Education assists Member States in the development of relevant ICT in education policies and strategies by conducting policy development workshops, providing a comprehensive policy review, and facilitating regional policy dialogues.
Policy Development Workshops
Policy development workshops focus on capacity building and supporting Member States who wish to develop an ICT in education master plan or policy in a holistic manner. It aims to promote appropriate policy models and strategies for the integration of ICT into education in the Asia-Pacific region, with special emphasis on developing policies which utilize ICT to remove barriers to participation in education and to enhance the quality of education.
The overall objectives of the workshops include:
- Raise awareness among policy decision makers of the benefits and risks of using ICT in education to facilitate the achievement of their education goals;
- Strengthen the capacity of policy decision makers to develop, implement and monitor effective ICT in education policies and plans;
- Estimate and project the cost implications for the selected ICT provision for educational institutions; and
- Initiate and sustain multi-stakeholder cross-ministry discussions on ICT in education policy.
For Member States who have already developed and implemented their ICT in education master plan or policy, we can assist with a systematic review of the policy documents and reports against the national educational goals. This review exercise, carried out by UNESCO and international experts, provides an opportunity for the concerned Member State to benchmark their master plan and policies with those of other countries in the similar contexts, broaden the perspectives to align with the national education sector plan, look closely into strengths and weakness, and revisit the implementation strategies.
We also organize regional and sub-regional policy fora to share Member States’ knowledge, experiences and lessons learned in planning and implementing innovative initiatives in ICT for education across the region and beyond. The development of regional and sub-regional policy has been led through these platforms, such as the Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education (AMFIE) and the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE). For the details of each forum, including programme, presentations and outcome documents, please visit Events.
National ICT in education policy acts as a roadmap for the entire education sector's efforts towards the integration of ICT into a Member State's education system. These policies have grown in importance in this digital age and will continue to do so as technology becomes an indispensable part of our daily lives and continues to change the way in which our societies operate. Policy decisions that are made without a clear vision of what needs to be achieved, are not integrated with existing sector and nationwide plans, or without research and evidence to justify such decisions, can lead to a waste of resources due to ineffective programmes and projects. The repercussions of national policy can be long-lasting given the five to ten-year timelines of national master plans and policies. By learning from fellow Member States' experiences and leveraging UNESCO's expertise, missteps can be avoided by taking into consideration of a variety of factors in ICT in education policy planning including a supportive national policy framework, clear policy goals and appropriate costing and budgeting.
What is happening?
AMFIE 2017 was held on 11-12 May 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in partnership with the Korean Ministry of Education. AMFIE 2017 concluded with the adoption of the 'Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy on Using ICT to Facilitate the Achievement of Education 2030', a landmark development that will guide the Asia-Pacific region's priorities over the next five years from 2017-2022 on the use of ICT to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, in alignment with the Education 2030 Agenda. Find out more at the AMFIE 2017 page.
A research study titled "Positioning ICT in Education to Achieve the Education 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Recommendations for a Regional Strategy" was published in February 2018 as a complementary document to the Regional Strategy. The study consolidates and highlights the data related to effective use of ICT in education. The findings in this study had informed the development to the Regional Strategy, and should be regarded as a complementary document, used together, to guide Members States in the implementation of concrete and feasible actions in leveraging ICT in education.
With the generous support of the Government of Korea's Funds-In-Trust, we are supporting the governments of Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands with their development of costed ICT in education master plans that are aligned with their stated national education sector priorities. As part of this project, a Planning Toolkit will also be developed that will include tools for costing of projects in a master plan, gap analysis, work plan development and implementation.
Additionally, we are supporting the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal in their review and development of costed comprehensive ICT in education master plans as part of the Government of Japan's Funds-In-Trust project "ICT to Facilitate SDG4 in South Asia". This project will also contribute to the development or enhancement of the Member States' ICT competency standards for teachers and to sub-regional knowledge sharing activities such as the South Asia Regional Symposium on ICT for Education 2018 concluded on 27-28 February 2018.