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27-29 May 2014

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education 2014 calls for a collective effort amongst policy makers and officials from the region to take stock of the policy options and promising practices to create an empowering environment for teachers. The theme for this Symposium is “Embracing Technologies, Empowering Teachers”. The Symposium will address various aspects of such an environment, including 1) building comprehensive policy guidelines for teacher empowerment, 2) implementing teacher development programmes that work, 3) harnessing technologies that can support teachers to free up their time from administrative workload, and 4) systematic monitoring and evaluation of ICT-related projects that can inform teachers of evidence-based guidance.  

This year’s Symposium is made possible by a close collaboration and generous contributions from the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, UNESCO Tashkent, UNESCO Almaty, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) and Intel.

Through various formats, such as plenary and break-out workshop sessions, the Symposium will serve as an opportunity for the Central Asian countries to lay the groundwork for building national capacity in the use of ICT in Education at all levels. A new addition to the Symposium will be the Gallery Walk where various organizations and the private sector will be able to showcase their initiatives in supporting the effective integration of ICT into education systems. It will also provide opportunities for key players to initiate bilateral or multilateral partnerships with governments and other organizations.


Objectives

CASIE aims:

  • To provide a platform for national education policy makers, practitioners and development partners to share issues and challenges that Central Asian countries are facing in integrating ICT into the education systems, with particular emphasis on the use of ICT for teacher empowerment with technology and for technology;

  • To promote collaboration and partnership among the Central Asian countries in the identification of solutions to similar issues and challenges in relation to the effective and efficient use of ICT in Education


Theme

With the main theme of “Embracing Technologies, Empowering Teachers”, the Symposium will address the following four subthemes:

  • Favourable policy environments to empower teachers;

  • Teacher development programmes that help teachers and school leaders innovate teaching and learning practices (e.g. Competency-based teacher development that guides pedagogical requirements)

  • Embracing the potential of technologies to ease teachers’ administrative workload (e.g. EMIS)

  • Monitoring and evaluation that can inform teachers of evidence-based guidance in ICT-pedagogy integration at schools.


Date and Venue

27-29       May 2014 (3 days), in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Language of the Symposium

Russian and English with simultaneous translation in both languages


Participants

  • Participating countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. More participants from the host country and other countries can be accepted upon review and approval by the Organizers; their attendance being at their own expense.

  • Three participants each from the six countries: a policy maker (e.g. head of department or above), an education planner, and an expert in ICT-in-Education (e.g. among officials from Ministries of Education and Ministries in charge of ICT).

  • Officials from Ministry of Education in Korea.

  • Experts from UNESCO and other international institutions (TBD)

  • Representatives of partner private sectors

Expected Outputs

  • Relevant policies and implementation strategies are exchanged with regards to the various issues and challenges faced by the participating Central Asian countries in integrating ICT in education systems across the sectors;

  • Follow-up activities for cooperation to enhance competency-based teacher development in ICT pedagogy and teacher empowerment with and for technology, as discussed and agreed upon;

  • A website on the presentations and discussions during the symposium.

Presentations