ICT in Education - Caribbean Forum addresses more effective use of technology in education
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (20th January 2022) – Driven by the serious ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Education system, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will host ICT in Education – A Caribbean Forum via an interactive, online event hosting platform on 26th and 27th January 2022. The CTU is partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for this important event.
ICT in Education will provide a forum for the sharing of information on mutual objectives with respect to technology and education, and encourage greater regional collaboration amongst key stakeholders. It will also facilitate networking opportunities with technology providers and look at possible solutions to support the implementation of practical policies.
UNESCO supports the first day of the Forum on 26th January by providing technical expertise on ICT in Education, such as the UNESCO Framework for Teachers' ICT Competencies and Institutional Capacity Building of Teaching Institutions.
In supporting the CTU in the event, ITU Area Office in Bridgetown stated “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the digital divide and the issue of connectivity into stark focus – in particular in the education sector. As communities with good connectivity are able to continue to work and learn, those communities with minimal connectivity or without, or who depend fully on the analogue world, are left out. ITU is leveraging its strategic partnership with UNICEF, Government and the Private Sector in the OECS through its GIGA Initiative to map every school's connectivity, finance connectivity, connect every school, and empower young people.”
“Through the GIGA Initiative, the ITU supports COVID-19 responses in the region with connectivity and remote learning solutions in order to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. The ITU is pleased to partner with the CTU as indeed, this important ICT in Education Forum will certainly help to address the social and moral imperative of connectivity and ICT in the education sector,” added the ITU Area Office in Bridgetown .
Registration is open to representatives of the major stakeholders in the fields of education and technology in the Caribbean. This includes policy makers, regulators, operators, academia and other users.
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