“E-Learning: Teachers Count”

Action line: C7 E-learning
Monday 16 May 2011, WSIS Forum


Under the title of E-Learning: Teachers Count, UNESCO facilitated an e-learning session with presentations from intergovernmental organization, governmental sector, teachers’ union and NGOs of civil society concerned with teachers role in e-learning.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Karklins, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Communication and Information, and it started out with a round of presentations by the four panellists. Mr. Fengchun Miao, UNESCO ICT in Education Specialist, presented UNESCO’s ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, which in 2011 has been updated with example syllabi and experience from applying the Framework for identifying key teacher competencies worldwide. Mr. Mr. Arturo Ramírez, Advisor of the Vice Minister of Basic Education, Ministry of the Public Education, Mexico, then presented the Mexican government’s current initiative of training 1,1 million teachers in ICT skills.


Mr. Hans Laugesen, who is the Senior Educational policy officer and International secretary in GL, the Danish National Union of Upper Secondary Schools and the representative for the global teachers’ union (the Education International), highlighted the importance of training teachers in applying ICTs as a pedagogical tool drawing on examples from Denmark, the EU and Uganda. The final presentation was given by Mr. Bart Dewaele, the Director-General of VVOB, the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance. Mr Dewaele presented the VVOB approach to teacher grooming, and highlighted key experiences and challenges in this work such as a clear vision and strategy for teacher development in this field.

After the round of presentations, Mr. Cyril Rithilie, the President of CoNGO (The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations), summarized the key points and results of the other session on ICT in Education organized by CoNGO in the forum prior to UNESCO’s meeting. And then the general discussion focussed on available training packages such as the Pedagogical ICT driver licence applied by EPICT as well as the Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers developed by UNESCO. A remote practitioner highlighted the need for the Digital Natives (the students) to integrate the Digital Immigrants (the teachers) into ICT in education.

Mr Karklins summed up the meeting by concluding that we are far from an ideal solution, but that practitioners, experts and decision makers by cooperating and communicating could grow the shared knowledge in this field and work together towards more appropriate solutions.


Moderator, Mr Jānis Kārkliņš © UNESCO

Introduction by moderator, Mr. Janis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communciation and Information, UNESCO

Presentation of UNESCO ICT- CFT: Main Outputs and Implementation plan
by Mr Fengchun Miao, UNESCO

ICT- Competency Standard Framework for Teachers: The Governmental Perspective and National Initiatives
by Mr Arturo Ramírez, Advisor too from the Deputy Ministry of Basic Education

Teachers’ Perspective: What ICT- Competency and Professional Development Supports, Do We Need?
by Mr Hans Laugesen, International Secretary and Senior Educational Policy Officer, The Danish National Union of Upper Secondary School Teachers, GL, Denmark

Teacher Training Providers’ Perspective: How Can We Groom Teachers and Motivate Talents?
by Mr Bart Dewaele, Director General VVOB HQs in Brussels

17:40-18:00  Open debate

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