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Huawei Collaborates With Explore ICT To Drive Inclusive & Innovative Education

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Aug. 17, 2022, 12:12 p.m.

Officials and experts at the Huawei TECH4ALL Education Global Online Summit explored how digital technologies will transform today's education systems. One that will be a more inclusive and innovative paradigm to democratize access to education resources and build-in systemic resilience to external factors like the pandemic.

Speaking at the summit, Madam Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education for UNESCO, said, "Technology can play a critical and catalytic role in transforming education,"

She continued, "We need to use technology to ensure connectivity for all; build free, public digital learning content and platforms; and focus on how technology can enhance innovation and change in teaching methodologies."

Madam Stefania Giannini added that Underpinned by connectivity, digital skills, and digital platforms, the transformation of the education sector is gathering momentum.

"Technology truly has the power to transform education for everyone," said Kevin Zhang, CMO of ICT Infrastructure for Huawei.

"We are doing this in three ways: connecting schools, promoting digital skills, and supporting STEAM curriculum," he added.

He said strategies that prioritize blended learning are already in play. Schools are no longer just physical venues for learning, with educational approaches shifting to prepare today's students for tomorrow's world.

One UNESCO program that leverages technology and a transformational approach is Technology-enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS).

The program was supported by Huawei and developed in close collaboration with the MOEs of Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

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The three-year project aims to benefit students and teachers in the three African nations and set the foundation for innovative education systems that seamlessly connect school and home learning in online and offline scenarios to maximize inclusion.

"It is a project we are very much excited about," said Mr. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education of Ghana.

"The purpose is to provide reliable connectivity for all schools at the pre-tertiary level. Future educational technology will advance the quality of education and even the ways we teach and learn." The Deputy Education Minister added.

In Kenya, connecting schools, boosting digital literacy, and providing teachers and students with digital devices is a key priority.

Successful completion of phase one of the DigiSchool project, for example, saw 13 schools connected, with more than 6,000 students benefiting.

The Ministry of ICT, the Ministry of Education, UNESCO, and Huawei formed a collaborative initiative to provide sustainable Internet connectivity.

Mr. Martin Kungania, Deputy Director, Education National Coordinator for Kenya’s Digital Literacy Programme, said ensuring no child was left behind was the driving force behind this project.

Experts from WeTechCare and the Bandung Institute of Technology described progress with the France DigiTruck and Huawei ICT Academy.

In France, 35 percent of people cannot fully utilize digital tools due to a range of challenges.

The DigiTruck, a solar-powered mobile classroom converted from a used shipping container, aims to help address this by providing free training in digital skills, targeting unemployed young people and older citizens.

Looking to the future and at how education will evolve, speakers from the National University of Singapore, Pimax Technologies, and Huawei explored how ICT infrastructure and nascent technologies such as AI, VR, and the metaverse will revolutionize the teaching and learning space, reshaping subjects like geography and history with a truly immersive experience that will enable students to virtually travel through time and space.

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