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13.12.2011 - ODG

Irina Bokova: Technology can be a powerful education multiplier

©UNESCO/Lily ValtchanovaUNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, speaking at the Learning and Technology Conference held at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 12 December

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova took part in the Learning and Technology Conference held at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 12 December.

“Technology can be a powerful education multiplier,” said Irina Bokova at the conference, “we must know how to use it.” The Director-General went on to say that the key factor was not so much how we use technology, but what we use it for.

Irina Bokova pointed out that UNESCO is “designing new learning environments where technology can play a transformational role in learning”. It is “about monitoring and assessing what works and disseminating lessons in ways that are meaningful for teachers,” she explained.

Highlighting UNESCO’s activities in teaching young people, Irina Bokova talked about the recent launch of the second edition of “UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers".

Irina Bokova congratulated Effat University on their work in “empowering girls and women and in helping them act as full members of knowledge societies”.

During her visit to Jeddah, the Director-General met with His Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, President of the Arab Thought Foundation and Governor of Jeddah. They discussed cooperation in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Thought Foundation. They exchanged views on recent developments in the Arab world and the outcomes of the 36th session of the General Conference. The Director-General told Prince Al-Saud about the Saudi Cultural week that is going to be organized with the Saudi Arabia’s Delegation in Paris next year.

The Director-General signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Islamic Development Bank, extending the cooperation between the two organizations that began in 1976.

Thanks to this MoU, signed by UNESCO Director-General and President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, concrete joint initiatives have been identified to promote collaboration in supporting the formulation and review of science, technology and innovation policies for African Member States.

Irina Bokova welcomed such renewed cooperation in the fields of literacy, science and technology, as well as water management. She underlined that UNESCO focuses on the least developed countries while maintaining its strategic attention on its two main priorities -- Africa and gender equality. The Director-General talked about the difficult situation UNESCO is facing and expressed hope that the two organizations would develop further cooperation.


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