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Policy makers share their experiences on ICT in Education during Ministerial Forum in Bangkok



For the past two years, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok and Intel Cooperation co-organized Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forums on ICT in Education (AMFIE) for policy makers to present challenges and updates on innovative policy making practices. This year with cooperation of the Thai Ministry of Education, the 3rd Forum was held under the theme “The Power of ICT in Education Policies: Implications for Educational Practices” from 9-11 September 2012 in Bangkok. The Forum was inspired by a recent UNESCO publication, “Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies”. As illustrated in the publication, envisioning clear policy goals and translating them into appropriate implementation strategies and action plans is the key factor in achieving the systematic transformation of education through ICT. 

Fifty-one delegates from 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region and international experts were invited to share regional and national cases at different development levels. Their first-hand experiences and lessons learnt from various initiatives in ICT in education from policy implication perspectives was shared around the following four interlocked areas: 

(1) Smart partnership for ICT infrastructure development and deployment for education; 

(2) Alignment between national ICT policy, ICT competency standards for teachers and professional development; and 

(3) Role of policies in school-level reforms and emerging technologies. 

Participatory workshop sessions were also held to provide policy makers with opportunities to update innovative policy making practices.

Over 400 participants including Ministers of Education, senior officials and international experts attended the opening ceremony. Among others, distinguished speakers at the opening ceremony included Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech, Minister of Education, Thailand, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Deputy Minister of Thailand.

During the two-day Forum speakers from Argentina, Australia, Korea, and Turkey talked about their countries’ respective programmes/ initiatives. Other speakers included representatives from UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), UNESCO Headquarters, InfollutionZERO, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Bank, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

A more comprehensive coverage of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education will be provided in the next edition of the UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education newsletter and website.