17.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Mapping and planning for national 'ICT in education' strategies in Africa

For the past three years, UNESCO and its International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa (IICBA) have developed standards for the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in teacher education in Africa (ICTeTSA).

From 2009 to 2011, policy makers, heads of teacher education departments and other high-level experts in the Ministries of Education from all RECs in Africa have been involved in this process.

Now starts the work to actually put in practice the developed standards and model in national policies in various African countries.

A workshop will take place at UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar from 18-21 June 2012.

Need supportive policy environment

The objective is to train key teacher education policy-makers in some 15 African countries in how to include ICT in teacher education policies.

"The successful use of ICTs for teacher development largely depends on a supportive policy environment at the national level, which is why training is crucial" says Abdoulaye Barry, Programme Specialist at UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar.

The standards and corresponding competencies serve as a guideline for institutional and individual capacity building in the area of ICT for teacher education.

IICBA also published in 2011 ICT-enhanced teacher development (ICTeTD) model.The specific objectives of the project are to build the capacity of teacher education policy makers:

  • in mapping and planning the implementation of the ICT-enhanced teacher standards for Africa (ICTeTSA) and the ICT-enhanced teacher development (ICTeTD) model in the context of theirs countries;
  • in adopting and using the ICT for teacher education training modules in the context of their specific countries.

This workshop is the first in a series of training sessions for African countries. They  are organized by IICBA and UNESCO Dakar with the financial support of the Chinese government. 

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