Carlos Delgado Kloos PhD Universidad Carlos III de Madrid participated representing the UNESCO Chair and the MOOC-Maker project in the event organized by UNESCO “International Forum on ICT and Education 2030” that took place last July 10th and 11th in Qingdao, China.
The Education 2030: Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action affirms the need to harness the power of ICT to reinforce education systems, to bolster knowledge dissemination, to widen information access, to advance quality and effective learning, and to ensure more effective service provision.
SDG 4 emphasizes the collective commitment to achieving the goal of “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (UN, 2015).
The objectives of the forum held in Quigdao were:
- Share national policies and programmes that aim to capture digital innovations to accelerate the achievement of SDG 4 – Education 2030
- Explore the digital innovations and best practices that could be scaled up to enable new school models and transform the education provision
- Formulate partnerships and develop action plans around flagship projects on leveraging ICT to take forward SDG 4 – Education 2030
Dr. Delgado participated in the plenary session No. 1: Digital Innovations for SDG4, presenting the theme “Disruptive Digital Innovations for SDG 4” in which talked about the big-picture perspective on cutting-edge technology with nine disruptive innovations that have the great potential to be applied in education contexts, paying a particular attention to digital technologies that seamlessly link the physical world and the digital world. Innovations of the physical world include additive manufacturing, robots, and drones, whereas innovations of the virtual world include big data, deep learning, and internet of values. The physical and the virtual worlds are seamlessly linked through the innovations in interfaces, including mobile devices, natural interfaces, and Internet of Things (IoT).
More than 400 participants from around 80 countries attended the Forum. The participants of the Forum included officers from governmental ICT in education agencies and institutions from all regions, international development partners, international experts, private IT device and service providers, and representatives from private and public sectors in China.
Download the forum report: Leveraging Information and Communication Technology to Achieve Education 2030