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Laptop scheme receives UNESCO boost

07 May 2014, 11:26

Nairobi - The government’s school laptop programme has received a boost after the United Nations Education Science Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to complement the programme through events to promote the application of ICT in enhancing quality and access to education.

The UNESCO office in Nairobi has said that it was engaging in efforts of promoting the application of ICTs to enhance the quality of and access to education, including the stimulation of production, sharing and access to Open Educational Resources (OER).

UNESCO organized a workshop aimed at populating a knowledge deepening course for primary education teachers in Kenya with national and international OERs and thus building capacity of participants to enable them to adapt and customize Open Education Resources (OER) and thus support deployment of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers within the Kenyan context.

“Furthermore the workshop capacitated participants in instructional design principles, including ideal structure of a blended course delivered as professional development opportunity,” read a UNESCO statement.

Andrew Moore, the facilitator of the workshop stated, “There is need for OER ICT CFT to complement the Kenya Governments One laptop per Child project as this will enhance its integration to the country’s education programme.”

The training attracted the participation of Kenyan ICT CFT OER courseware developers from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Teachers Service Commission, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa, Kenya Education Management Institute, Kenya Institute of Special Education, Kenya Technical Teachers College, Strathmore University and Inoorero University.

UNESCO is working with the Governments of Kenya, Oman, Bahrain and Indonesia to implement dynamic and relevant policies to guide and recognize teachers and learners to find, adapt, use, develop and share open educational resources.

 – CAJ News

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