03.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

UNESCO supported upstream work in education; ESD national framework and ICT in education master plan launched in Kathmandu

©UNESCO -Narayan Gopal Malego and Gwang-Jo Kim launching the ICT in Education Framework

©UNESCONarayan Gopal Malego and Gwang-Jo Kim launching the ESD National Framework, Nepal

Over 50 Ministry officials, educationalists, researchers, school teachers, development partners and media representatives and other stakeholders attended the Workshop on UNESCO upstream work in education: Launch of ESD National Framework and ICT in Education Master Plan in Kathmandu, Nepal on 3 July 2013. The event was jointly organized by Nepal National commission for UNESCO and UNESCO office in Kathmandu.

Within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) National Framework, Nepal,  aims at providing specific programs concerning sustainable development taking in consideration economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects and ensure a more efficient implementation of the ESD programs and a better coordination between all the actions engaged at national and international level. 

In the other hand, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education Master Plan focuses on the benefits that the educational sector could take from ICT’s. The Plan follows several governmental initiatives in providing necessary materials to schools such as computers or printers to improve the quality of teaching, the preparation of the teaching materials, teacher training materials and the administrative work. The plan also aims at reducing the digital gap at all levels in enhancing the quality of education.

During the launching, Mr Narayan Gopal Malego, Secretary General of Nepal National Commission for UNESCO highlighted the importance of ESD and ICT in Education for the improvement of quality of life through ensuring quality of education.  “UNESCO’s support to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for its endeavour in these areas is much appreciated and the MoE requests for UNESCO’s continued support for the roll out of the framework and the plan; specially in the area of capacity building”, Mr Malego said.

 Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, Regional Bureau of Education for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO Bangkok congratulated the MoE, for its timely initiatives in the area of ESD and ICT in education. “ESD is about learning rather than teaching.  It requires: Reforming the structure and nature of basic education; Reorienting existing education programmes; developing public awareness about what sustainability means; Building capacity within education systems and across all other ESD partners”, Mr Kim said. He assured UNESCO’s support to roll out the some of the key activities/interventions envisioned in the framework and the plan.  

“ESD is a partnership that engages multiple sectors and stakeholders – including media and the private sector – to promote sustainable development through public awareness-raising, education, and training”, Axel Plathe Head of the office and UNESCO representative to Nepal said during the event.

 Those two launchings constitute a real step forward toward the improvement of education in Nepal. First, ESD programs will provide the necessary knowledge and guidelines in order to raise awareness about the necessity to have a sustainable policy and behaviour concerning development. Secondly, the use of technologies shows a real will to enhance the quality of education at every level and to reduce the gap concerning the access to Information and Communication Technologies. 

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