Transforming learning: Open Schools for All project

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Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

Transforming learning: Open Schools for All project

Digital technologies geared towards inclusion and equity could transform the future of school systems and learning, according to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

“Harnessing technology and changing education models is imperative,” said Stefania Giannini, during an address at a side event about the UNESCO-Huawei Technology-enabled Open Schools for All project at the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt.

Giannini said the partnered project “can help countries to rethink and build a new generation of schools and learners”, as young people were increasingly faced with the challenges and risks caused by climate change.

The event, dedicated to a partnership developed by the UNESCO Education sector with Huawei and the Ministries of Education of Egypt, Ethiopia and Ghana, also presented preliminary results of the open schools in the three African countries.

“Aiming to leave no-one behind in the digital world, enabling equity and quality in education is one of four focused domains in the Huawei TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative,” said Catherine Du, Head of Huawei’s TECH4ALL program.

“Moreover, we believe that ICT is a key enabler for a greener world with approaches like reducing carbon emission, renewable energy, circular economy and conserving nature with technology.”

Working with more than 20 different partners, TECH4ALL’s education program has helped connect schools, promoting digital skills, and supporting the STEAM curriculum to K12 students and teachers in more than 400 schools globally as well as unemployed young people and elders.

Commenting on the value of the UNESCO-Huawei project, Dr Reda Hegazy, Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education, said it “is closely aligned with the general orientation of the needs and issues of the Egyptian state”.

Since 2021, the Egyptian Ministry of Education and Technical Education, in cooperation with UNESCO and Huawei, has organised several meetings to prepare and review project documents.

“I would like to emphasise the critical need for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders to ensure not only equitable access to educational resources, but also to fulfil social obligations towards students,” Hegazy said.

In Egypt alone, the UNESCO-Huawei joint project aims to empower 950,000 teachers, principals and supervisors to more effectively integrate ICT into their daily practice. Ultimately, 23 million students at the basic education level in the country are expected to benefit from an enhanced and more equitable digital learning experience.

Huawei has operated in Africa for more than 20 years, helping connect more than one billion people in more than 50 African nations, as part of the company’s overarching commitment to help bridge the digital divide and enrich people’s lives.

Image caption: Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education. (Photo: Business Wire)

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