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UNESCO, INTEL connect ICT in Education policymakers


UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and Intel convened the first-ever Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education or AMFIE 2010. Ministers of Education, Vice-Ministers and other high-ranking officials from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region participated in the high-level meeting for two days.

According to Director Gwang-Jo Kim of UNESCO Bangkok, this is to become an annual event to provide countries a regular platform to share experience between and among policymakers. In this year’s AMFIE, policymakers discussed common issues and challenges Ministries of Education face when integrating ICT in various aspects of education.

AMFIE covered a lot of ground in updating participants with presentations on the latest trends and best practices in ICT in education. Presenters coming from all over the globe were organized according to the five keynote sessions. These are: 1) ICT for Better Education Policies; 2) ICT for Better Teachers; 3) ICT for Better MOE; 4) ICT for Better Learning; and 5) ICT for Better Access to Education. Mr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director of Intel Asia-Pacific, who delivered the welcome address to the Ministers, stressed that ICT is only a tool and that focus must remain in education.

Countries recognize there is no one-size-fits-all type of solution to the challenges they are facing. But in an increasingly globalized and connected world, ideas, especially the innovative ones, can inspire a nation. Korea and Singapore presented their journey guided by their own ICT in Education Master Plans. United Kingdom, China and Thailand train their teachers using television. Australia and Portugal share their experience of putting in place a national ICT infrastructure.

Another highlight of the event was the Ministerial Dialogue, an entire afternoon reserved for policymakers to voice out their opinions, requests and visions for developing ICT in education in their respective countries. These are significant inputs to UNESCO and Intel to implement appropriate programs and provide relevant support to the countries. They also served as indicators as future agenda items.

AMFIE 2010 took place at Plaza Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand last 25-26 November 2010.

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Opening Keynotes

Keynote Session 1: ICT for Better Education Policies

Keynote Session 2: ICT for Better Teachers

Keynote Session 3: ICT for Better MOE

Keynote Session 4: ICT for Better Learning

Keynote Session 5: ICT for Better Access to Education