Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve the Post-2015 Education Goal

The International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education was organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. It was hosted by the Municipal Government of Qingdao in Qingdao City. The aim of the conference was to create an interface between the education and ICT sectors to discuss how ICT can be leveraged at scale to support the achievement of the post-2015 education targets.

The conference was attended by more than 500 participants from 82 countries. Official delegations included 29 Ministers, 10 Vice- or Deputy Ministers and seven State Secretaries or Ministers, and 10 representatives of United Nations agencies and international organizations. Some 32 representatives of leading companies from the ICT sector, as well as eminent international researchers and practitioners and 100 representatives from China were also in attendance.

The objectives of the conference were to:

1. convene inter-sectoral debate for defining the role and value of ICT in the post-2015 education agenda;

2. take stock of sector-wide strategies for leveraging ICT to ensure equitable and inclusive quality lifelong opportunities for all;

3. develop follow-up action plans and reinforce partnerships.

To meet these objectives, the conference organized high-level debates on key issues that ICT for education policies need to address. It also gathered views from policy-makers, researchers and the wider industry. The conference covered five major themes: (1) scenarios and enablers of ICT-enhanced future education; (2) effective use of ICT for quality learning; (3) inclusive and relevant lifelong learning; (4) universal access to quality content; and (5) monitoring, evaluation and funding.

The key output of the conference was the adoption of the Qingdao Declaration, which provides Member States with policy recommendations for harnessing the power of ICT to address current educational challenges, and to ensure equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all.

This report is divided into six sections, including an executive summary, an outline of the keynote speeches, an overview of the high-level debates, summaries of thematic discussions, and an analysis of the main ICT in education trends, as well as the Qingdao Declaration. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015 (All day)
J. Enrique Hinostroza, Bosen Liu
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