UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Huawei announced the launch of the implementation phase of the Open Schools for All through Technology (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia and in Egypt.
TeOSS will serve as the foundation to fuel the digital transformation of the education sector and support the three Member States of UNESCO in building resilient education systems capable of withstanding global disruptions such as COVID-19.
In addition to connecting schools, TeOSS projects in Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt will provide training for teachers and students in the use of digital tools, establish online platforms to link learning to school and at home and develop digital study programs that can be accessed remotely without supervision. The project aims to help students become confident digital citizens, able to navigate independently in the virtual world, and to equip teachers with the skills to use existing and new digital tools to maximize learning outcomes.
“The project is designed to test schooling models that can immediately respond to the new challenges imposed by the pandemic and also take advantage of technology to help develop future schooling models,” said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for education at UNESCO. “It is defined by a digital school model that makes the programs accessible to all students, whether in times of crisis or not, it is about going beyond the current situation and opening up a new educational horizon. and learning.
Planned in close collaboration with the governments of Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt in accordance with their existing national strategies, TeOSS projects have been developed to meet specific local needs.
In Egypt, an ICT skills framework has been developed for teachers and students in K12 schools. Digital courseware development experts and primary and secondary school teachers will be trained, and a national distance learning center will be established for use by educators across the country to ensure continued professional development.
The TeOSS project in Ethiopia will focus on building ICT infrastructure to connect pilot schools, train teachers and students, and create a learning management system integrated with a teacher training platform.
“The digital platforms that open schools for all will create through technology mean that learning must never stop, whatever the future, ”said Kevin Zhang, Marketing Director of ICT Infrastructure for Huawei. “Huawei is fully committed to working with UNESCO, governments and all stakeholders to achieve successful, sustainable and scalable projects.”