▷ Huawei and UNESCO implement project for digital education systems in Africa

06.12.2021 – 03:52


Shenzhen, China (ots/PRNewswire)

The three-year project will provide online learning platforms for Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt

At an online meeting on November 25th, UNESCO and Huawei announced the start of the implementation phase of the Technology-Enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt.

Aligned to UN SDG4 TeOSS will serve as the basis for the digital transformation of the education sector and support the three UNESCO member states in building resilient education systems that can withstand global disruptions such as COVID-19. The evaluation of the project results will help to develop strategies and models for the expansion of TeOSS at the national level and for the expansion of the project to other African countries in order to promote the integration of ICT into teaching and learning.

The TeOSS projects in Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt will not only connect schools, but will also train teachers and students to use digital tools, set up online platforms to link school and home learning, and develop digital curricula based on can be accessed remotely without supervision. The aim is to help pupils to become self-confident digital citizens who are able to find their way around independently in the virtual world and to equip teachers with the necessary skills to use existing and new digital tools and thus to use the learning outcomes maximize.

“The project aims to test school models that can respond immediately to the new challenges of the pandemic, and also to use the technology to enable the development of future school models,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Deputy Director General for Education. “It’s defined by a digital school model that makes programs accessible to all students, whether in a time of crisis or not – it’s about going beyond the current situation and opening up new horizons of teaching and learning.”

The TeOSS projects were planned in close cooperation with the governments of Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt in accordance with the respective national strategies and tailored to the specific local needs.

In Egypt, an ICT skills framework for teachers and students in K12 schools has been developed. Digital learning program development experts and primary and secondary teachers will be trained and a national distance learning center will be set up for use by educators across the country to ensure continuity of professional development.

“Egypt’s new education system 2.0 emphasizes the integration of technology into the educational process with numerous digital learning resources and learning platforms in order to ensure education for all and achieve educational quality and access,” said Dr. Reda Hegazy, Deputy Minister for Teachers’ Affairs in the Ministry of Education and Technical Training in Egypt. “The role of the teacher has shifted from conveying information to guiding and facilitating the educational process through digital learning resources.”

The TeOSS project in Ethiopia focuses on building the ICT infrastructure to network pilot schools, train teachers and students and develop a learning management system with a teacher training platform.

“Ethiopia is aware of the need for ICT and digitization in our future school system in order to provide high quality and inclusive education for all without interruptions, as foreseen in our new roadmap for the education sector,” said Dr. Fanta Mandefiro from the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. “This project fits in perfectly with our aspirations and the activities of our programs and initiatives for the use of digital content in our education system.”

In Ghana, the focus is on the creation of digital content for all subjects as well as on the training of teachers and students in primary and secondary schools. The project will also set up electronic storage that teachers can use to upload content and that learners can access online and offline with little or no supervision.

“I am pleased that this UNESCO-HUAWEI builds on the already existing partnerships and joint efforts with our national institutions, in particular with CENDLOS, the institution commissioned by the Ghanaian government to promote the integration of ICT into the entire education system” said Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education of Ghana.

TeOSS is geared towards the Tech4Edu-Area of ​​the Huawei initiative TECH4ALL geared towards digital integration, which aims to promote equity and quality of education with the help of technology.

“The digital platforms that technology-enabled open schools will create for everyone mean that whatever the future holds, learning never has to stop,” said Kevin Zhang, CMO, ICT infrastructure at Huawei. “Huawei is determined to work with UNESCO, governments and all stakeholders to deliver successful, sustainable and scalable projects.”

The TeOSS project and the partnerships that will implement it are critical to digitizing education and promoting equitable and inclusive access to lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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