Following the official launch of the TeOSS project on November 25, 2021, the seminar was co-organized by Huawei and UNESCO as part of the implementation phase of the project. The event included a progress report on the first phase of the project, including results to date, and discussed the implementation of the second phase.
UNESCO is supporting Ministries of Education and other partners in Egypt, Ethiopia and Ghana to implement the three-year TeOSS project, which will run until August 2023. Developed under the UNESCO-Huawei Trust Fund, the project covers the design, pilot testing and expansion of open school systems that rely on technology. These systems will be accessible in schools, at home and in other places, which will ensure the continuity and quality of education, even in the event of a crisis, such as the current pandemic.
“There are three axes to guide the digital revolution, which are all reflected in this project: ensuring connectivity for all; build free and public digital learning content and platforms; and focus on how technology can enhance educational innovation and change,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.
Planned in close collaboration with the governments of Egypt, Ghana and Ethiopia, and aligned with existing national strategies, TeOSS projects have been developed to meet specific local needs.
In Egypt, an ICT competency framework has been developed for teachers and students in schools and colleges/high schools, from kindergarten to secondary school. Digital courseware development experts and primary and secondary teachers will be trained, and a national distance learning center will be established for educators across the country to ensure continued professional development.
“Since Egypt launched its new system, the President has made an unprecedented commitment to modernize the country’s education model,” said Dr Hanem Ahmed, Head of International Cooperation at the Minister of Education and Health. Technical Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt, on behalf of HE Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education and Technical Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The TeOSS project in Ethiopia will focus on setting up an ICT infrastructure to connect pilot schools, train teachers and students, and build a learning management system integrated with a teacher training platform.
“The project fits perfectly with Ethiopia’s national strategies regarding the need to use ICT and digital content in our system. We will also expand this system by adopting and customizing all activities according to the local context,” said Dr. Zelalem Assefa, CEO of ICT and Digital Education at the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia .
Au Ghana, the focus is on creating digital content for all subjects, as well as training teachers and students in primary and secondary schools. The project also includes the creation of an electronic repository that teachers can use to upload content and that learners can access online and offline with little or no supervision.
“We need to be able to embrace technology to improve our education service delivery. If we want to be able to achieve SDG-4, we need digital platforms as enablers and levers to get there,” said John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, on behalf of HE Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education of the Republic of Ghana.
The TeOSS project is aligned with the Tech4Education area of Huawei’s TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative, which aims to promote equity and quality in education through technology, and works to improve access to digital, improve digital skills and develop high quality courses. The Huawei ICT Academy program is designed to help cultivate ICT talent by improving digital skills.
“To achieve global equity in education and share educational resources, Huawei has launched the ‘Huawei Talent’ full-service platform,” said Zhang Jing, Senior Director of Huawei Education Talent Ecosystem, Huawei ICT Academy Development. “To bridge the gap between talent supply and demand in the digital age, Huawei is building talent alliances, improving skills, developing talent standards, and promoting the value of talent to help the world to become more digital. »
Technology is already demonstrating intrinsic value in transforming education, a value that will continue to grow in the future.
“Digital technology has become a new productivity driver that supports innovation in educational models, transformation of educational methodologies, and smarter educational environments,” said Kevin Zhang, Marketing Manager of ICT Infrastructure for Huawei. “We are exploring how to apply AI, such as computer vision, natural language processing and speech processing, to education. Innovative technology can help solve the world’s most pressing challenges. And we must continue to work together to innovate. »
The collaborative and innovative approach of the TeOSS project contributes to creating inclusive, equitable and quality education for all and supports lifelong learning opportunities. It will empower nations to rethink education and support a new generation of digital schools and learners.
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