11.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Rwanda to develop a National Framework for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER)

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25-26 February 2018, Kigali, Rwanda: UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education with the financial support of the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in–Trust (KFIT) project, organized a consultative workshop on the development of a National Framework for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Rwanda has recently finalised a national Open Distance and Elearning Policy (ODeL) Policy with the mission to provide access to educational opportunities by offering high quality, innovative, responsive and affordable educational programmes through ODeL. To operationalise the new policy environment, a national framework for MOOCs and OER for higher education is needed.

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education convened a two-day consultative workshop to elicit feedback from national stakeholders drawn from the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), the University of Rwanda (UR) and the Rwanda Education Board (REB). The workshop aimed at identifying a strategy for the use of MOOCs and OER locally, and its implications. 10 officials from the Ministry of Education, Higher Education Council, the University of Rwanda Headquarters and the University of Rwanda College of Education joined the workshop.

Participants discussed the rationale and a strategy for the use of MOOCs and OER locally. They also identified what the implications are of this approach, including on technical requirements, number and skills of staff required at Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board, the University of Rwanda, Higher Education Council, Rwanda Polytechnic and Workforce Development Authority to implement the strategy.

Ms Rose Baguma, the Director General in charge of Education Policy and Planning expressed her gratitude to UNESCO for supporting the development of the framework to ensure increased access and quality higher education. “This framework will bring about access to educational opportunities by offering high quality, innovative, responsive and affordable educational programmes as per the ODeL Policy”, DG Rose Baguma said.In this workshop, UNESCO collected opinions from the relevant parties, and will draft the framework in close collaboration with the Ministry and the University of Rwanda, based on the findings.

These activities are part of the ICT Transforming Education in Africa project (2016-2018), that intends to support the integration of ICT-based innovative approaches for education in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. It is developed within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea through the UNESCO-Korean Funds-In-Trust initiative and was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The project is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4 on Education, the Global Education First Initiative, and the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education.




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