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UNESCO ICT in Education Policy Makers' Toolkit

The UNESCO "ICT in Education Policy Makers' Toolkit" was developed in response to the need, identified by policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region, for a systematic approach to integrating ICT into education at the national level.

Given the rapid developments in ICT in recent years and the array of forms of ICT available for use in education, policy makers were in need of a set of tools that could guide them through the policy planning process and provide policy options regarding the use of ICT in education.

Development of the Toolkit began in 2004. The basic outline and features of the Toolkit were developed based on the discussions of participants at the UNESCO "Developing the ICT in Education Policy Makers' Toolkit Workshop", held from 2 to 4 March 2004.

In March 2005 the first version of the Toolkit (version 1.1) was reviewed by over 150 participants, including ICT-in-education specialists from research institutions and international organizations, and policy makers from several Ministries of Education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on the feedback received, Toolkit versions 1.2 and 1.3 came out in April and July 2005, respectively. In September 2005 Toolkit version 1.3 used to train educational planners from three Asia-Pacific countries (Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand) during the "Toolkit Training Workshop" held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, between 5 and 10 September 2005.  At this workshop, policy makers learned how to use the Toolkit and gave feedback and suggestions for further developing the Toolkit.

Following further revisions, the Toolkit was introduced to representatives from the Thai Ministry of Education at the UNESCO “Workshop for Educational Planners”, held in Bangkok, Thailand, between 5 and 8 June 2006.  This workshop aimed to acquaint the participants with the concepts of the Toolkit and demonstrate how to apply each tool. In addition, the participants learned how to apply the Toolkit in revising their ICT in Education Action Plans, which will be consolidated and form part of the National ICT in Education Plan (2007-2011). As a result of the workshops, the Education Planners remarked that they were in a better position to propose options regarding the integration of ICT into education in Thailand to the Minister of Education, thereby facilitating better-informed decision-making.

The latest version of the Toolkit was introduced to policy makers in the Pacific region at the “Capacity Building Workshop” held in Lautoka, Fiji, between 26 and 30 September. This workshop was attended by representatives of 14 Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu).

The Toolkit was introduced to policy makers from the Philipines at the "Capacity Building Workshop Using the ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners and Practitioners” held in Manila from 21 to 24 November 2006.

The present version of the toolkit is a prototype that is still at the developmental stage and is not ready for potential users. It is, therefore, not accesible to the public. When the "application" version is finalized, it will be made available under certain conditions.

Potential users will then need to apply for permission to use the toolkit. When permission is granted, the potential user will be issued a username and password to access the site.  Potential users will be notified on how to apply for permission.

Partners
The Toolkit was designed and developed by UNESCO, Knowledge Enterprise Inc. (KE) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED), with input from over 40 institutions and individuals worldwide, including the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL); Education Development Centre Inc; North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL); Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Star Schools (PRELStar); the World Bank Institute, World Bank Information for Development Program (infoDev), and policy makers and practitioners from Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa and Thailand.

The UNESCO "ICT in Education Policy" project, which initiated the development of the Toolkit, is largely funded by Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT).

If you or your organization are interested becoming a partner of UNESCO in the implementation of the "ICT in Education Policy" project, or are interested in supporting the development of the Toolkit, please contact: Benjamin Vergel De Dios, Programme Officer, ICT in Education, UNESCO Bangkok. Email: b.vergeldedios(at)unescobkk.org.

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