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Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education 2013 Outcome Document

UNESCO Bangkok
UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office

21p, 2013

The Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE), held from 28-30 January 2013 in Almaty, Kazakhstan addressed two specific themes:

1. ICT-enhanced policy formulation and management to support lifelong learning; and

2. Innovative practices on open and distance learning, including mobile and smart learning technologies, as well as use of free and open software (FOSS) and community-based ICT learning centres.  

The Symposium was organised by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) with financial support from the Government of Japan and in collaboration with the Global Scientific Information and Computing Centre, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). The Symposium was also supported by Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan, UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty and UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE). Government officials from six countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia) participated in the Symposium, together with international experts from the Asia-Europe Meeting e-Learning Network for Lifelong Learning (e-ASEM Network), Tokyo Tech, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), and IREX.

The objectives of CASIE 2013 were two-fold:

1. To provide a platform for national education policy makers, practitioners and development partners to share issues and challenges shared by Central Asian countries in integrating ICT into the education systems. This involved particular emphasis on the use of ICT for policy formulation and ICT-supported open and distance learning towards enabling lifelong learning.

2. To promote collaboration and partnership among the Central Asian countries in the identification of solutions to shared issues and challenges prohibiting the effective and efficient use of ICT in Education.

In view of these objectives, discussions focused on the following main topics:

  • Policies and initiatives to promote lifelong learning through ICT;

  • Use of ICT for planning and managing lifelong learning policies; and

  • Open and distance learning through various ICT-supported modalities.

This publication is presenting the outcomes of the Symposium.

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