The ICT for Education Project in Myanmar, as part of the Connect To Learn initiative in Myanmar launched by Ericsson, the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and other project partners including UNESCO, has made significant progress to bring Internet connectivity, ICT equipment, teacher professional development training and tailor-made mobile learning content to rural/semi-urban schools in the developing country. The progress was shared and well received at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week held in Paris, France from 7 to 11 March 2016.
The ICT for Education team of UNESCO Yangon Project Office presented the project design and its implementation progress in the annual global event. The project has so far provided 3,100 tablets, 186 teacher laptops, over 200 instructional training hours to 22 Ministry of Education team members, 31 school leaders and 155 teachers in Mandalay Region, Bago Region and Mon State.
Selected teachers of the 31 project schools have received ICT training on basic use of applications on laptops and on applying multimedia such as graphics, videos and audios in teaching and learning. They will further receive ICT-pedagogy integration training in the coming weeks to learn to enhance lesson plans with the integration of ICT and to identify and practise the use of relevant ICT tools and resources on laptops and tablets for effective teaching and learning. UNESCO, together with the Department of Basic Education, has been conducting school visit and providing ongoing ICT-pedagogy integration support to the teachers.
Han Thu, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the French Republic, showed his support for the project and shared with the team after the presentation at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week that he saw the importance of the project and believed that promoting ICT for Education could improve quality of education in Myanmar.
UNESCO’s ICT for Education Expert Antony Tam said, “Through building the capacity of the Ministry of Education team, who has been working closely with UNESCO to deliver the ICT-pedagogy integration training to school leaders and teachers, we are confident that this project can further promote mobile technology for learning and empower the team to support the ICT for Education development in the country.”
UNESCO is the lead partner for coordination with the Ministry of Education as well as the implementing partner for the three main components in this project which focus on utilizing mobile broadband technology to provide (1) teacher professional development programme, including ICT-pedagogy integration training and support to teachers; (2) English language programme, including the development and delivery of practical English learning content using mobile technology; and (3) life skills programme, including the development and delivery of relevant life skills learning content using mobile technology.
In addition to UNESCO, a number of partners are involved in the implementation of the Connect To Learnproject in Myanmar. These partners include UK Department for International Development (DFID) providing project funding under the Girls’ Education Challenge, Ericsson being a donor and overall programme and technology lead and Earth Institute at Columbia University managing the student stipend and school grants programme as well as conducting implementation research at the schools. Finja Five, an innovative start-up at Lund University in Sweden, will provide child-friendly computing solutions while EduEval Educational Consultancy will conduct monitoring and evaluation. Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ will also provide funding and project management. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is supporting network roll-out and will provide SIM cards for the schools.
The project also receives support from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Myanmar.
For more information on this ICT for Education project, please contact Mr. Antony Tam, ICT for Education Expert of UNESCO Yangon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.