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Telecollaboration towards Education for All

The deadlines for meeting the Education for All (EFA) goals and the end of the UN Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) decade draw near. To help achieving these goals, UNESCO with support from the Japanese Funds-In-Trust recently organized a workshop for teacher educators and teachers to enhance their competence in transmitting knowledge via telecollaboration and the use of ICT in education.

©UNESCO/K. Teerathumaskul

©UNESCO/K. Teerathumaskul

Lay Cheng Tan, Programme Officer for education at UNESCO Bangkok said: “We focus on teachers because they are the key components of the whole education sector. They are standing between what we need to teach and who we want to deliver the contents to. Teachers are very important.” 

The telecollaboration workshop welcomed 60 regional teachers and teacher educators in the Asia Pacific at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok from 7-9 November 2012.

Education for All (EFA)
The Education for All goals promote a basic human right recognized by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to education”. The EFA goals stress the notion of education as a fundamental human right and urge countries to address the basic learning needs of all people. The 2000 Dakar Framework for Action on EFA continues to guide UNESCO’s action to achieve quality education for all by 2015.

The objective for the workshop was to assist teacher educators to apply inclusive education principles and ESD concepts and contents into the classrooms through effective use of ICT. The workshop provided teachers with knowledge about EFA and ESD and introduced to them innovative teaching methods as well as tools in improving their teaching. 

Both teacher educators and teachers were trained in networking opportunities for their communities. To enhance the inclusion of EFA and ESD goals into school curricula and classrooms, the participants learned how to facilitate collaboration with peers in different locations and even across country borders.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
The vision of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a world where every human being has the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for a sustainable future. The United Nations General Assembly announced the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development for 2005 to 2014 and recognized the importance of education in achieving a sustainable future.






By Kanit Teerathumaskul, UNESCO Bangkok