03.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Piloting the “ICT Essentials for Teachers” Programme to Enhance the Capacity of Primary and Secondary Teachers to Integrate ICT in Classrooms in Rwanda

The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO, Mr LEE Byong-Hyun with the Head Teacher at Lycee de Kigali, Mr. Martin Masabo and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board and UNESCO, CC by SA, 2017

30 January – 3 February 2017, Kigali, Rwanda – Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) calls for three strategic goals for education to fulfill its developmental role in Rwanda including i) expanding access to education at all levels; ii) improving quality; and iii) strengthening the relevance of education and training to the labour market including the addition of 21st century skills. According to the new Information and communication technology (ICT) in education Policy, ICT is an important lever to achieve these education goals.

Aligned to this paradigm shift, the Rwanda Education Board (REB), in collaboration with UNESCO, launched a pilot training on the ICT Essentials for Teachers programme for 30 primary and secondary teachers from ten selected schools across Rwanda. The course was developed by the Ministry of of Education (MINEDUC) and REB in collaboration with UNESCO based on the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT) and open educational resources (OER). The ICT CFT is a framework that outlines the competencies that teachers need to integrate Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into their professional practice. Content ranges from increasing learner engagement to fostering seamless communication between learners and teachers. In the longer term, the course will be used to train all primary and secondary teachers to acquire basic ICT skills to support integrating ICT in education and benefits both teachers and learners by focusing on improving teaching and learning processes to enhance learner outcomes.

This is the second phase of the pilot, which began by training ten e-facilitators over five days in November to December 2016, and who are now responsible to implement a blended learning cycle with the 30 primary and secondary teachers. After completing five days of face-to-face training the 30 teachers will continue to interact online with the e-facilitators and their peers via the Learning Management System (LMS) platform.

The ICT Essentials for Teachers was officially launched by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO, Mr LEE Byong-Hyun, the Rwanda Education Board and the UNESCO Antenna Office in Rwanda. Mr LEE Byong-Hyun highlighted the importance of using different technologies in Education, which he referred to as an untapped resource in many developing countries. Ambassador LEE stressed that ICT has the potential to dramatically change the way education is delivered and that it can improve learning outcomes under the right conditions. Mr Peter Wallet, UNESCO Programme Coordinator in Rwanda, elaborated that effective training of teachers is at the core for successful implementation of ICT in education. He added that teachers must not only acquire ICT skills, but must also learn how ICT can support good pedagogy.

These activities are carried out in the framework of the initiative ICT Transforming Education in Africa .  It is a 3-year project launched in 2015 to foster human and social development in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, through the use of information and communication technology (ICT), in particular mobile learning. The project was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, Republic of Korea and is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4 on Education, the Global Education First Initiative, the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education, and is part of the UNESCO-Korea Funds-in-Trust cooperation.

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