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Pacific Islands Regional Conference on Innovative Financing for Inclusive ICT in Education

Pacific Islands Regional Conference on Innovative Financing for Inclusive ICT in Education

Over the past years, the rapid development of broadband access to almost all countries in the Pacific Islands region has presented new opportunities to integrate ICT in the education sector. However, there are constraining factors including large digital divides within and across countries, low teacher ICT competencies, limited digital resources, and inadequate ICT infrastructure that still need to be addressed. These issues are interlinked and require large-scale, strategic, and systematic investments to ensure that all students can equally benefit.

The integration of ICT in education requires significant increases in financing which place pressure on government resources. However, Pacific Islands countries are faced with financing gaps for ICT in education development due to limited options for independent financing and domestic resource mobilization. Thus, there is a need to explore innovative financing approaches that can activate non-traditional funding mechanisms, sources, and partners to ensure the adequate implementation and sustainability of ICT in education programmes in the region.

In this context, UNESCO will organize the Pacific Regional Conference on ICT in Education with the theme of “Innovative Financing for Inclusive ICT in Education” to discuss practical aspects of implementing innovative financing, resource mobilization, and partnerships to ensure financial viability and sustainability of ICT in education projects.

The conference will include the following three components.

  1. Share knowledge on lessons learned from examples in the Pacific Islands region and beyond for developing national ICT in education policies, strategies, and financing that address the urgent education contexts;
  2. Launch the UNESCO ICT in Education Financial Planning Resource (https://fpr.ictpolicy.guide/), which provides a guide to costing ICT in Education programme and projects;
  3. Present the findings of the thematic brief on Innovative Financing for ICT in Education and learn from various organizations about practical good cases of effective and sustainable innovative financing.

When: 3 June 2021

Type of event: Webinar (open to public)

Who: Government officials, education practitioners, EdTech companies, researchers, development partners, civil society, and general public

Languages: English

Contact: ict.bgk@unesco.org; a.aoki@unesco.org

Key Documents & Presentations:
Concept Note and Programme (English)

Conference Recording


3 June 2021

0800-1100 Bangkok time

Zoom Online Conference





Welcome remarks

Nyi Nyi Thaung, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok


Opening remarks

Aya Aoki, Education Programme Specialist, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States


Keynote presentation

H.E. Mr Siaosi Sovaleni, Minister of Education, Ministry of Education and Training, Tonga


Session 1: Overview of project &
Launch of UNESCO Policy Planning Guide and Financial Planning Resource

Project Overview, Toan Dang, Programme Officer, UNESCO Bangkok


Session 2: Country learnings from ICT in education policy planning & Q&A

Country presentations:




Session 3: Thematic Brief findings on innovative financing for ICT in education

Thematic Brief findings on innovative financing for ICT in educationMatthew Griffin, Consultant


Sub-theme 1: Financing instruments for development

1. Innovative Financing for DevelopmentJonathan Wong, Chief of Technology and Innovation, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

2. Innovative Financing Instruments for Development in the Education SectorKomal Sahu, Chief of Sustainable Finance, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Sub-theme 2: Partnerships

1. Waka Moana Learning Management PlatformRumanusina Maua, Project Coordinator, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

2. Innovative Financing PartnershipsAmelie Wang, Director of International Business Cooperation, Weidong Cloud Education Group


Sub-theme 3: Resource mobilization

1. Increasing Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, Smart Islands and the Giga InitiativeDaniel McFarlane, Giga Project Officer, ITU

2. Education Data for Resource MobilizationTawaqa Naisoro, Education Data Team Leader, The Pacific Community (SPC)





Closing remarks and ways forward

UNESCO Bangkok