UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education event, Mobile Learning Week, drew to a close today with a strong message that policy is key to success in using mobile technology to serve quality education.
The Week’s dozens of workshops, seminars, two-day symposium and Policy Forum drew hundreds of government representatives, education specialists, mobile learning experts, researchers and industry partners from around the world who shared strategies concerning the use of ICTs to improve education quality.
Education, access, quality must move forward together
The final day’s events included the launch of the UNESCO review of mobile learning policies in Latin America and a panel discussion on Partnering and Investing in Mobile Learning: A dialogue with the public and private sectors.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova stressed the power of education as a transformational force in society, particularly for women, but said that to achieve inclusion and sustainability education, access and quality had to move forward together. “We have seen how access without quality limits the value of education and how quality without access is inequitable and non-inclusive,” she said.
ICTs a ‘golden tool’ for sustainable development
Brahima Sanou, Director of the Bureau for Telecommunications Development at ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies emphasized the importance of mobile technology as a tool for empowerment. He added that, with an estimated 7.2 billion mobile subscriptions in the world, “ICTs are a golden tool to facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Ways to ensure that new technologies help provide quality education for all will also be examined at a meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on 12-13 March.