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Experts’ meeting for fostering digital citizenship through safe and responsible use of ICT

Organized by UNESCO, infollutionZERO, Intel and Nanyang Technological University

6-7 March 2014

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

© UNESCO / Marilyn Jeffrey

UNESCO has defined as priority thematic areas for the next four years (2014-2017) expanding learning opportunities through ICTs in Education and promoting global citizenship. To achieve these goals, the “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe and Responsible Use of ICT” Project aims to promote policy dialogue on the issues of the responsible and safe use of ICTs and in building the education sector’s capacity in fostering students’ digital citizenship.

Through this project, UNESCO Bangkok seeks to emphasize values and behaviours that promote sustainable societal transformation. Grounded on Education for Sustainable Development’s (ESD) foundation value of “respect”, the project contributes to ESD’s aim in equipping people with skills that will enable them “to live adequately in the knowledge society”; “to create and enjoy a better, safer, more just world”; and “to exercise their rights and responsibilities locally, nationally, and globally.”2 It is hoped that this project will contribute to the efforts in equipping citizens with competencies to engage confidently and productively to global discourse and development in a more critical yet sustainable manner, with concern for social values, equity, and diversity.

The project will have the following activities: (a) collating, synthesizing and transmitting the experiences and resources of existing key players in this area and (b) providing educational policy recommendations for the member states across the Asia-Pacific region to guide country-specific roll-out of the initiatives in their respective countries; and (c) developing e-contents, a regional guide for teachers, to build their capability in fostering student digital citizenship.

To jumpstart the project, a group of experts and practitioners will be formed, consisting of representatives from various organizations and programmes working on the theme to share experiences, good practices, and resources. They will be gathered through an Experts’ Meeting on 6-7 March 2014 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The same group will likewise be tapped prior to the Meeting for a mapping exercise on similar initiatives.

Objectives

This Experts’ Meeting is to provide the project team with overall guidance in terms of project design, covering two main components:

1. Formulation of a draft UNESCO Policy Recommendation for the region

2. Collation and/or development of training modules and tools for teachers into a regional guide

The Meeting will provide the opportunity for the external experts and the UNESCO-Bangkok project team to:

  • take stock of and learn from experiences, findings, and resources from various programmes and initiatives, related to fostering digital citizenship

  • improve the draft UNESCO Policy Recommendation

  • discuss the guiding framework in a framework for reviewing/developing teacher guides/ materials

Expected Outputs

By the end of the Meeting, the UNESCO Bangkok Project Team will have the following outputs:

  • collection of cases and materials

  • a draft policy recommendation for the member states

  • guiding framework for the review/development of teacher training materials

Resources

Presentations

Meeting Overview and Orientation on the “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe and Responsible Use of ICT” Project (Jonghwi Park, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok) - pdf, 490kb

Programmes/Projects from various Key Players (one-country coverage)

Programmes/Projects from various Key Players (multi-country coverage)

Research

Synthesis on Mapping Exercise