UNESCO education ICT and policy specialist provides technical assistance in Peru
- Institutional capacity building
In the framework of joint UNESCO-Education Ministry implementation of the “Teaching Development Enhancement Project”, which seeks to build teaching capacity, UNESCO´s education policy chief Francesc Pedró visited Lima from 16 to 19 September. The visit sought to contribute to leveraging the specialist’s expertise to strengthen institutional ICT capacities (Information and Communication Technology) and continuous training for teachers, and to discuss education policies with renowned academics, Pedró provided technical assistance in a range of activities.
Francesc Pedró is a specialist at the education sector of UNESCO (France), where he spearheads advisory services on education policies, including reviews of national policies and international comparative studies, teaching policy and capacity building activities, and also works on education and technology. One of the topics assessed, in a contribution to discussion on Peru’s education agenda, is the worldwide trend to incorporate education technologies in the teaching-learning process as a tool to facilitate teachers’ methodologies.
In this framework, the MINEDU and UNESCO received direct advisory services focussed on online teacher training activities as called for in the “Teaching Development Enhancement” project. The key topics covered were: essential elements for an online training process; risk factors and how to address them; teaching materials and strategies; and how to define and assess standards and indicators.
Another contribution was a specialised discussion session with key education policy stakeholders such as the Nation Education Council, with reflection on learning outcomes in the new millennium (challenges to innovate teaching activities and content items in primary education). Another work session featured leading specialists and academics for an academic discussion on “Education ICT Discourses and Practices”, at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP).
The specialist’s key recommendations included the importance of teaching about technology - that is, that technology must be at the service of teaching in all learning processes. Thus, distance learning formats are different from those used in the classroom, and must achieve a balanced, measured, and cyclic logic in terms of the time that can be dedicated to online studies. He also highlighted the importance of training personnel possessing a number of skills in motivating their students, never abandoning them when they need help, in a bid to avoid drop-outs - one of the key risks of online programmes.