12.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO Builds Capacity on Knowledge Societies with Education and ICT Sector Stakeholders in Rwanda

closing ceremony of the two-day capacity building workshop on Knowledge Societies Policy for Ministries, Government Institutions, and Educators in Rwanda at Nobleza Hotel, Kigali. @UNESCO 2018

5 – 06 March 2018, Kigali, Rwanda: UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MiTEC) and the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), with the financial support of the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in–Trust (KFIT) project, organized a two-day capacity building workshop on Knowledge Societies Policy for Ministries, Government Institutions, and Educators in Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Vision 2020 aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based, technology-led and middle-income society by the year 2020. To promote development, the Rwanda Vision 2020 national development plan sets the short-term goal of promoting macroeconomic stability and wealth creation to reduce aid dependency; in the medium term by transforming the country from an agrarian to a knowledge-based economy, and in the long term by creating a productive middle class and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

In order to build a knowledge-based economy, citizens require new skills, including the use of ICT as well as an ability to engage in lifelong learning. Education, and particularly the use of ICT in education is the main channel to achieve this aim. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is considered a powerful tool that will catalyse the economic development process of the country.

To this end, UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications and the Ministry of Education organized a two-day additional capacity building workshop for policy makers and educational officers to better understand the concepts of Knowledge Societies following the Knowledge Societies training in May 2017.

17 officials from MINEDUC, MITEC, Ministry of Youth, the Rwanda Education Board, Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Rwanda Management Institute, the University of Rwanda, College of Education, Rwanda Development Board, National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and representatives from civil society participated in the workshop.

Participants were introduced to the concept of Knowledge Societies and discussed the need of generating, implementing, and updating Policies for Knowledge Societies. In addition, participants discussed the role of governments and educators in supporting the development of a Knowledge Society. Most importantly, they analyzed the e-readiness indicators in order to understand the state of the art concerning Knowledge Societies in the world, Africa and Rwanda in particular. Finally, participants discussed the steps of contextualizing the Knowledge Society policies in their respective institutions.

Addressing participants in the opening ceremony, Mr. Peter Wallet, UNESCO Programme Coordinator, stressed the role of ICTs to transform economies and societies and requested participants to optimize the benefits from the workshop and use acquired skills to transform Rwanda as enshrined in its policies. Ms. Irere Claudette, Director General of Innovation and Business Development in the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications graced the closing ceremony of the workshop. She thanked UNESCO for organizing the capacity building workshop for Ministries, Government Institutions, and Educators in Rwanda and promised unreserved collaboration with UNESCO towards promoting ICTs in Rwanda.

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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