Huawei and UNESCO to implement project in Africa for digital education systems
The three-year project will provide e-learning platforms for Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt
Shenzhen, china, December 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In an online meeting on 25 november, UNESCO and Huawei announced the launch of the implementation phase of the Technology-Enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt.
Aligned with the United Nations SDG4, TeOSS will serve as a foundation to fuel the digital transformation of the education sector and support the three Member States of UNESCO in building resilient education systems capable of withstanding global disruptions such as COVID -19. Evaluation of project results will help guide strategies and models for scaling up TeOSS at the national level and for expanding the project to other African countries to foster the integration of ICT in teaching and learning.
In addition to connecting schools, TeOSS projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt provide training for teachers and students in the use of digital tools, establish online platforms to link learning at school and at home, and develop digital study programs accessible remotely without supervision. It aims to help students become confident digital citizens, able to navigate independently in the virtual world and to equip teachers with the skills to use existing and new digital tools to maximize learning outcomes.
“The project is designed to test schooling models that can immediately respond to the new challenges imposed by the pandemic and also take advantage of technology to help enable the development of future schooling models,” said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO. “It is defined by a digital school model that makes programs accessible to all students, whether in times of crisis or not – it is about going beyond the current situation and opening up a new educational horizon. and learning.
Planned in close collaboration with the governments of Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt In line with their existing national strategies, TeOSS projects have been developed to meet specific local needs.
In Egypt, an ICT skills framework has been developed for teachers and students of K12 schools. Digital courseware development experts and primary and secondary school teachers will be trained, and a national distance learning center will be established for use by educators across the country to ensure continued professional development.
“egypt The new education system 2.0 emphasizes the integration of technology into the educational process with multiple digital learning resources and learning platforms to ensure education for all and achieve quality and access to education, ”said Dr. Réda Hegazy, Deputy Minister of Teaching Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Technical Education in Egypt. “The role of the teacher has shifted from providing information to being a guide and facilitator of the educational process through digital learning resources. “
The TeOSS project in Ethiopia will focus on building ICT infrastructure to connect pilot schools, train teachers and students, and build a learning management system integrated with a teacher training platform.
“Ethiopia understands very well the need for ICTs and digitization in our future school system to provide quality and inclusive education equitably for all, without any interruptions, as stipulated in our new education sector roadmap ”, said Dr Fanta Mandefiro from the State Ministry of Education. of Ethiopia. “This project is perfectly aligned with our aspirations and the activities of our programs and initiatives for the use of digital content in our education system.”
In Ghana, the emphasis is on creating digital content for all subjects, as well as training teachers and students in primary and JHS schools. The project will also create an electronic repository that teachers can use to upload content and that learners can access online and offline with little or no supervision.
“I am happy to note that this UNESCO-HUAWEI builds on the partnerships already established and the collaborative efforts with our national institutions, in particular CENDLOS, which is the institution mandated by the government of Ghana to facilitate the integration of ICT into the education system at all levels ”, said Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education for Ghana.
TeOSS is aligned with the Tech4Edu domain of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative TECH4ALL, which aims to promote equity and quality in education through technology.
“The digital platforms that open schools for all will create through technology mean that learning must never stop, whatever the future,” said Kevin zhang, CMO of ICT infrastructure for Huawei. “Huawei is fully committed to working with UNESCO, governments and all stakeholders to achieve successful, sustainable and scalable projects.”
The TeOSS project and the partnerships that will implement it are key to digitizing education and fostering equitable and inclusive access to lifelong learning opportunities for all.