Projects to Boost Education in the World to Be Awarded by UNESCO
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Paris, Feb 15th - UNESCO announced today the award of 2016 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education to a project in Bangladesh and another in Germany, in recognition of the innovative use of new technologies to educate disadvantaged groups.
The award-winning initiatives will be the Online School program, implemented by Jaago Foundation in rural areas of Bangladesh, and the German Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project, developed by Kiron (a German-based NGO) in favor of displaced persons.
Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will present each winner with the Prize next Tuesday at a ceremony in UNESCO headquarters in this capital.
In the case of the Online School project, Jaago Foundation provides underprivileged students in rural communities with high-quality courses through interactive video-conferences delivered by highly trained teachers.
With 1,061 annual beneficiaries, the aim is to reduce the educational gap between students in urban and rural Bangladesh.
By its part, German-based Kiron is responsible for ensuring equitable access to quality education for refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons through its German Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project.
With this modality, four subjects are proposed (business and economics, engineering, computer science and social sciences) that are nourished by the contributions of 23 universities. 'Both projects are excellent examples of how to take full advantage of the potential of ICTs in education anywhere in the world and how to overcome difficulties in all countries, continents, and cultures,' UNESCO said in the statement.
It added that this is in line with the objectives of the World Education Agenda 2030 with a view to strengthening access, equity, inclusion, quality and achievements of learning in education.(Prensa Latina)