UNESCO and Huawei promote ‘Resilient digital schools’ to partners of COP272022-12-01         Follow @huaweinewos Tweet to @huaweinewos
On the occasion of COP27 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, UNESCO organized a side event under the theme “Resilient Digital Schools” on 9 November 2022 to present the objectives and first results of the UNESCO-Huawei Technology-enabled Open Schools for All project. In line with the three key pillars for a livable planet advocated by COP27: Science, Solutions and Solidarity, this project aims to advance the science on the future schooling models, test digital solutions for inclusive and resilient schools, and enhance solidarity among partners. It aims to build crisis-resilient school systems that connect school-based and home-based learning to ensure the continuity and quality of learning no matter under normal or crises situations.
The event was attended in-person by Ms Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, H.E. Dr Reda Hegazy, the Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education, Directors of UNESCO field offices, Huawei representatives and representatives of country project teams.
The main objectives of the side event were to share an international vision on the digital transformation of schooling models in the context of climate change to enhance the resilience of school systems, and to explore synergies and possibilities to share resources among various countries and partners.
In her opening comments, Ms Stefania Giannini stated that “the UNESCO-Huawei Technology-enabled Open Schools for All project can help countries to rethink and build a new generation of schools and learners – ones that are more flexible and holistic, and that equip students with digital skills and the competences to act for a sustainable future… In the three implementing countries – Egypt, Ghana and Ethiopia – the project has planted the seeds to enhance national platforms; improve the connectivity of schools and learning centres; develop digital content and innovative pedagogical resources, and train teachers and students on digital skills.”
Dr Reda Hegazy echoed her enthusiasm for the project by indicating that it “is closely aligned with the general orientation of the needs and issues of the Egyptian state”. Later he emphasized “the critical need for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders to ensure not only equitable access to educational resources, but also to fulfill social obligations towards students.”
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