Working Group on Education (WG-E)
Chaired by Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO
Technology Broadband and Education:
Advancing the Education for All Agenda
A report from the working group on education.Download here.
The report begins with a brief overview of the rationale for expanding and improving the use of ICTs in education. It stresses that participation in the global economy is increasingly dependent on the 21st-century skill of navigating the digital world. However, traditional school curricula tend to prioritize the accumulation of knowledge above its application, and many systems fail to adequately train students in how to become responsible digital citizens, or prepare them to sustain their employability throughout their lives in a knowledge economy.
Expanding access to, and proper use of, ICTs will solve this challenge, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of school systems, improving teacher training and resources, and extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom and to disadvantaged groups. Governments – in developing countries in particular – need to explore ways to bridge the digital divide and implement policies that encourage increased investment in ICT in education.
Throughout the report, and in the case histories contained in the Appendix, there are concrete examples of these strategies in action.
Download the executive summary.
Download the report factsheet.
6 Recommendations from the Report
The Working Group on Education (WG-E) aims to promote Education for All (EFA). In so doing it seeks to consider:
- What are the bottlenecks in achieving EFA and how can the Broadband Commission address them?
- How can innovative use of mobile devices and mobile broadband be harnessed for achieving the MDGs and EFA goals?
- Is broadband-based distance education a cost-effective solution for reaching the unreached? And what are the criteria for successful distance education?
- How can broadband connectivity contribute to national coordination and international cooperation on EFA through better information management, coordination and sharing, including development of Educational Management Information Systems (EMIS) and shared knowledge resources (e.g. Open Educational Resources and Open Access to scientific information)?
- What role might broadband-enhanced social media and user generated content play in student-centred education?
The WG-E held its inaugural meeting in Paris on 5 June 2011 to define the scope and purpose of its activities, with a second meeting on 24-25 February to present the report “Technology Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda” to the conference of the WSIS+10 review process in Paris. The report was presented to press representatives at an event at Mobile World Congress on 27 February 2013.