ICT Essentials for Teachers

29 November – 2 December, Kigali, Rwanda—In collaboration with the Rwanda Education Board (REB), the implementation arm of the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), UNESCO organized a 4-day workshop in Kigali to build capacity and prepare 10 e-facilitators to facilitate a blended 64 hour64-hour course to train in-service teachers to integrate ICT in teaching and learning.

The ICT Essentials for Teachers course was developed by representatives from Rwanda’s education community based on open educational resources (OERs) and will be used to train all primary and secondary teachers to obtain basic ICT skills to support integrating ICT in education. The course benefits both teachers and learners by focusing on improving teaching and learning processes to enhance learner outcomes. More specifically, this ranges from increasing learner engagement to fostering seamless communication between learners and teachers. ICT provides robust opportunities for social development and creating and building knowledge based-economies. The Rwanda ICT Essentials for Teachers course is based on the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT)—a framework that outlines the competencies that teachers need to integrate ICT effectively into professional practice. The ICT CFT is a result of a partnership between UNESCO, CISCO, INTEL, ISTE and Microsoft.

During the 4-day training e-facilitators improved their knowledge and skills and refined their attitudes to better understand the ICT Essentials for Teachers course in order for them to conduct the training of teachers using both face-to-face and an online mode. After the 4-days, trainees are now confident enough to use and develop educational content on the REB Moodle server at http://elearning.reb.rw/.

Following the training, e-facilitators will pilot the 14-unit course in a blended model including 5-days face-to-face training and an additional 20 hours online in ten schools: 5 primary and 5 secondary schools representing Rwanda’s four provinces and the city of Kigali. Piloting the course will allow fine-tuning of the methodology employed for teaching ICT integration in education using a blended format. With the new Open and Distance E-Learning (ODeL) Policy of Rwanda, the country has the ambitious task to make more use of ICT as a delivery mode to improve access and quality to education across the country.

These activities are carried out in the framework of the initiative ICT Transforming Education in Africa. It is a 3-year project launched in 2015 to foster human and social development in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, through the use of information and communication technology (ICT), in particular mobile learning. The project was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, Republic of Korea and is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4 on Education, the Global Education First Initiative, the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education, and is part of the UNESCO-Korea Funds-in-Trust cooperation