Education for millions of students was put on hold when the pandemic closed school doors across the globe, revealing the need for robust, crisis-resilient learning systems.
Supported by Huawei, UNESCO launched the Technology-enabled Open Schools for All project, with Egypt, Ethiopia, and Ghana selected to design, pilot, test, and scale up scenario-specific projects.
During the three-year project, technology-enabled models for future schooling will be designed to enable access to education programs from schools, home, and other possible learning settings. The aim is to ensure the continuity and quality of learning under both normal and crises situations. UNESCO will cooperate with the three countries to enhance national digital learning platforms by supporting the development of online learning courses, strengthening teachers' digital competencies, and integrating ICT into mainstream models based on national strategies. Aligned with UNESCO's global report on the future of education, Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education, the project will also help guide schooling models for the digital era.
The project teams of the three countries, international experts, and UNESCO specialists have already completed needs assessments and developed national-level work plans. Now, UNESCO is working with member states and partners to officially launch the project.
Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Mr Kevin Zhang, CMO of ICT Infrastructure, Huawei
Overview of the project and cross-country activities
Mr Fengchun Miao, Chief of Unit for Technology and AI in Education, UNESCO
Launch of the project and sharing of national visions on digital learning
Dr. Fanta Mandefro, State Minister for General Education, Ethiopia
Dr. Reda Hegazy, Deputy Minister for teachers’ affairs, Ministry of Education and Technical Education, Egypt
H.E. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, Ghana
Mr Changwei Qin, Secretary General of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO
Keynote speech on connectivity
Mr Albert Forn, Senior Director of mSchools, GSMA
Programmes on digital learning of key partners
Dr Rita Bissoonauth, African Union
Ms Helene Charpentier, Senior project officer, ADEA
Ms Doaa Abonaem, Project Officer, UNESCO Office in Cairo
Mr Kedir Urji, Core ICT Expert, Ministry of Education, Ethiopia, and focal point for the national country team
Mr Nana Gyamfi Adwabour, Director, Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS)
Ms Yumiko Yokozeki, Director, UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa
Ms Mary Anne Manuson, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Office in Cairo
Mr Abdourahamane Diallo, Director, UNESCO Office in Accra