2009 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education awarded
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, has presented the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education to the 2009 winners. They are Alexei Semenov, Rector of the Moscow Institute of Open Education, Russian Federation and the Jordan Education Initiative.
The winners of the Prize, focused on the theme “Teaching, Learning and e-Pedagogy: Teacher Professional Development for Knowledge Societies”, were selected on the recommendation of an international jury that met in Paris in November. 2009. Honourable Mentions were also given to Thailand Cyber University (TCU) and to the Red de Profesores Innovadores (Network of Innovating Teachers) of the Fundación Chile.
Under the leadership of its Rector, Alexei Semenov, the Moscow Institute of Open Education has provided in-service training to about 30,000 teachers annually for the past 16 years. Professor Semenov has developed exemplary programmes to enable teachers to include ICTs in their work, as well as textbooks and teacher guides used widely in the Russian Federation and other countries. The recipient of numerous awards and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy of Education, Professor Semenov actively promotes the central role of ICTs in educational policy and reform in the 21st century’s knowledge-driven societies.
The other winner is the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI), launched in 2003. Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership (PPP), it trained over 3,000 teachers in ICT skills using six e-curricula as tools to enrich the national curriculum. The JEI selected 100 public schools to test the innovations and provided them with the needed technical infrastructure. The programme disseminates best practices among teachers and encourages the creation of communities of practice.
Chosen from among 39 projects in 29 countries, the two winners received a diploma and US$25,000 during a ceremony on 26 January at UNESCO Headquarters. The Prize was launched in 2005 and is placed under the patronage of King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Honourable Mentions went to Thailand Cyber University (TCU) and to the Red de Profesores Innovadores (Network of Innovating Teachers) of the Fundación Chile. The TCU provides scalable e learning teacher training including preparation to use ICTs, collaborating in curricula development with seven educational technology departments at universities. More than 13,000 education professionals from 76 institutes have been trained. The Chilean network has established a portal to help teachers use ICTs and facilitate exchange of best practices. More than 20,000 teachers have been involved in the network so far.
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