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11.03.2016 -

Policy Forum calls for better mobile learning strategies

A joint ITU/UNESCO Policy Forum on mobile learning was held in Paris, France on 11 March 2016, under the framework of the ITU m-Powering Development Initiative. The purpose of the Forum was to examine ways to harness mobile technology to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education.

The Forum brought together, for the first time, Ministers of Education and Ministers in charge of ICTs to examine the role that policies and cross-sectoral collaboration can play to foster innovation and use of mobile technology to improve the quality, equity and accessibility of education.

 “Information and communication technologies will go a long way towards achieving inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Mobile technology, due to its growing power, affordability and ubiquity, offers unprecedented power to enable governments to make great strides in lowering the barrier to education and connecting teachers and students to a wealth of resources on mobile devices.”

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said meeting the full promise of mobile learning calls for supporting innovation and scaling up what works. “Success calls for comprehensive mobile learning policies and a shared political framework encompassing access, equity and teacher training. By drawing a bridge between telecommunications and education stakeholders, this Forum provided a unique platform to build partnerships that will foster mobile learning environments that work for all.”

Discussions focused on how newly affordable digital devices can help address urgent educational challenges and meet the needs of students, teachers and administrators. The Ministers also explored ways to create synergies between national policies in the areas of technology, education, telecommunication and innovation.

During the forum, participants from Latin America discussed how m-learning was being used in the region to address key education issues such as literacy, access and retention. The m-Powering Development Initiative is designed to create a resource and an action plan to deploy ICT services, from m-Health, m-Learning, m-Governance to m-Commerce and m-Sport.

The Policy Forum was held during this year’s UNESCO Mobile Learning Week whose theme was “Innovating for Quality”.

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