Successful completion of the training of trainers on project-based learning & telecollaboration and 21st century learning design
As many as thirty district level teacher trainers and the Ministry of Education officials have increased understanding on the different aspects of Project-Based Learning (PBL), 21st Century Learning Design (CLD) and the role of Information and Technology (ICT) in education. They were trained during the four-day workshop that was co-organized by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, the Microsoft and the Government of Nepal and with the support from the UNESCO Office in Bangkok from 11 to 14 March 2014 in Kathmandu.
The training aimed at creating an enabling environment that facilitated the effective and holistic integration of ICT in education, with a specific focus on promoting direct and effective use of ICT for meaningful and productive learning and teaching activities. The workshop also expected to ensure effective pedagogical practices in the Nepalese classroom through appropriate use of ICTs.
Speaking at the opening session, Amita Vohra, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO office in Kathmandu said that the use and integration of ICT in building inclusive knowledge societies for all and for overall socio-economic development is increasingly on the agenda of almost all developing countries. “…conscious of the significant role of ICT in our life, especially in the educational activities, education authorities should now be encouraged to implement the strategies to empower ICT in supporting the teaching and learning process in the classroom,” she added.
In his opening remarks, Dilli Ram Rimal, Executive Director of the National Centre for Educational Development (NCED) appreciated the support of the UNESCO office in Kathmandu for organizing the training. “This training will facilitate other trainings that the NCED will organize for teachers in the future”, he added.
The training was facilitated by Jonghwi Park and Mel Tan from the education unit in the UNESCO Office in Bangkok. They shared different practices undertaken by different countries on integrating ICT in education in the Asia-Pacific region.
Thomas Creighton from Imagine Education provided the training on the 21st Century Learning Design. He discussed on how to offer today’s children and students the skills they need when they are adults.
The workshop was conducted in a very participatory manner where the participants were divided into several groups and asked to develop real PBL cases. A wiki space was built by the trainers during the workshop to collect the group works, to distribute further learning material and to function as a forum for communication.
In the closing session Lava Deo Awasthi, Director General of the Department of Education said that though all the schools of Nepal did not have adequate facilities for the use of ICT, a lot can be done with the limited resources. “Commitment and confidence is what we need,” he said.
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