tue14jun1:00 pm4:00 pmRegional Policy Dialogue: Schools Connectivity and Digital Transformation in Post Pandemic Context A Regional Policy Dialogue1:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT+7 SEAMOLEC YouTube Channel Event Organized By: SEAMEO SEAMOLEC
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) through its SEAMEO Strategic Plan 2021-2030 embodied the strategic role of the ICT to promote inclusive and equitable quality education. This pathway
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) through its SEAMEO Strategic Plan 2021-2030 embodied the strategic role of the ICT to promote inclusive and equitable quality education. This pathway has been disrupted, but also in many ways accelerated, by the COVID-19 Pandemic that dramatically shifts the conventional classroom learning into online emergency remote learning. The technology-mediated learning is widely utilized and optimised in Southeast Asian countries. This induces the increasing demand for connectivity and learning resources. Given the uneven access to the connectivity services and digital learning resources in the urban-rural areas, there are greater challenges confronting vulnerable and marginalized students. This situation is further exacerbated by the digital literacy skills gaps among teachers, students, and parents. Taken altogether, “Digital Transformation in Education” has become a shared goal for modernizing, reinventing, even reimagining education.
In the effort to address the remaining major connectivity gaps in several countries, including Indonesia, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Foreign Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, implement the technical assistance and capacity building activities in a) assessing regulatory and policy landscape and framework; b) mapping out school connectivity particularly in underserved communities; c) exploring more sustainable financing; and d) advancing digital skills. The project is closely associated with the ITU-UNICEF led GIGA, a global initiative to connect all schools to the Internet in order to ensure that young people have the access to information and choices.
In the advent of post-pandemic recovery, and the urgency to regain the momentum towards attaining SDGs, the SEAMEO Secretariat together with its SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMEO SEAMOLEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as an ICT specialized agency under the United Nations jointly organise a “Regional Policy Dialogue on Schools Connectivity and Digital Transformation (Virtual)” on Tuesday 14 June 2022.
The Regional Policy Dialogue aims to explore policy options to accelerate school connectivity in the context of pandemic response and recovery based on results and findings from ITU/FCDO school connectivity project in Indonesia as well as global initiatives of GIGA.