Between 20 and 24 March 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its Mobile Learning Week, focused on information and communications technology (ICT) in education. The event will be organised in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and will be held in Paris, France.
Under the overraching theme 'Education in emergencies and crises', the conference will examine how new and affordable technologies can reinforce education in emergency and crisis contexts and expand learning opportunities for displaced people while facilitating their inclusion in national and community systems. More specifically, participants will engage in discussions and experience-sharing on how how technology can strengthen inclusion in education, preserve the continuity of learning in conflict and disaster contexts, open and enrich learning opportunities for refugees and other displaced people, facilitate the integration of learners in new schools and communities, and foster innovation in the education sector and improve the impact and sustainability of humanitarian interventions
The five-day event will include a Symposium highlighting technical solutions, strategy labs to help guide the conceptualisation and refinement of projects to expand educational opportunities for learners in emergency and crisis contexts, and a Policy Forum to examine how governments can foster innovation in the education sector and facilitate the acquisition of e-skills, particularly for disadvantaged or displaced learners. The Forum will bring together ministers of education, ministers of ICT, and leaders from private sector companies to discuss how coordinated action and newly affordable mobile devices can help countries address e-skills gaps and expand learning opportunities.
For more information, visit the event webpage.