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11.07.2017 - Education Sector

International Forum on ICT and Education 2030 opens in Qingdao


The UNESCO International Forum on ICT and Education 2030 opened in Qingdao, the People’s Republic of China, with around 400 participants from more than 80 countries, including high-level ministry officials from Member States, senior representatives of UN agencies and international organizations, eminent researchers and practitioners, and executives of ICT industries.

President of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, Mr Stanley Mutumba Simataa, Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board, Mr Michael Worbs, Vice Minister of Education for China, Mr Zhanyuan Du, Vice Minister of Education for Cuba, Mr Eugenio Ramón González Pérez, Secretary-General of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Mr Yue Du and Mayor of Qingdao City attended the ceremony.

From 10 to 11 July, more than 60 speakers will present at the keynote speech, five plenary sessions and nine breakout sessions with subthemes of digital innovations, best practices, national policies, designing and building e-School, education and learning management. Participants will exchange ideas and best practices on leveraging ICT for achieving SDG 4.

The forum follows the International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education that took place in Qingdao from 23-25 May, 2015. Participants will also share information on emerging digital innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and their role in promoting sustainable development of education.

Closing the digital divide

Specifically, the forum encourages the utilization of affordable technologies for disadvantaged group of people to close the digital divide.

The important role played by ICT in taking forward the Education 2030 agenda was reiterated during the opening ceremony by Mr Stanley Mutumba Simataa who said that the power of ICT has attracted worldwide attention, and its growth in the near future will be multiplied. The use of ICT in education enhances the sharing of knowledge, obtaining of information, quality learning and efficient service.

Vice Minister of Education for China Mr Zhanyuan Du said: “The technological features of ICT in education programmes including digitalization, online learning innovations, and smart learning systems together with its pedagogical innovations such as openness, sharing, interaction and interconnectivity, hold potentials to promote equitability, quality in education, and provides solutions and means for education development for the time being and for the future.”

The representatives from Member States and other partner organization will discuss and adopt the 2017 Qingdao Statement which outlines the strategies, and prioritized actions to deepen and widen the implementation of Qingdao Declaration.

Co-organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and Shandong Provincial Education Committee, the event is hosted by Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Education with support from the Weidong Group.

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