Use of ICT in school education in India wins UNESCO recognition

The use of ICT under a comprehensive initiative called PM eVIDYA by the School Education Department of the Ministry of Education (MoE), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is winning recognition from the UNESCO. The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) of the Department of School Education and Literacy (DOSEL), MoE, Government of India, received the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Prize – Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education for the year 2021.

This award “recognizes innovative approaches in harnessing new technologies to expand education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its four on education. Established in 2005 with the support of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that implement outstanding projects and promote the creative use of technology to improve learning, teaching and overall educational performance at school. digital era. An international jury selects two best projects each year. Each laureate receives $25,000, a medal and a diploma during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris”, which will be held this year on June 24, 2022.

The PM eVIDYA was initiated as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan by the Ministry of Education on May 17, 2020, which unifies all efforts related to digital, online and on-air education to enable multi-mode access to deliver education using technology to minimize loss of learning.

With a mandate to deploy affordable technology to improve educational opportunities for all, increase the quality of education and bring equity to the country’s education system and taking into account the recommendations of NEP-2020, MoE through CIET, NCERT has been working in the design, development and dissemination of a large number of e-books, e-content – audios, videos, interactives, augmented reality content, Indian Sign Language (ISL) videos, audio books, talking books, among others; a variety of online courses for training schools and teachers; organize digital events such as online quizzes mainly for students and teachers by leveraging online and offline On-Air One Class-One Channel technology, DIKSHA, ePathshala, NISHTHASchool MOOCs on SWAYAMamong others.

To advance the objectives of the NEP and Samagra Shiksha and tackling the above pillars, PM eVidya – a global initiative that unifies all efforts and provides multi-mode access to digital/online/on-air education was launched in May 2020.

CIET has been proactive in bringing learning to children’s doorsteps through the extensive, resilient, ethical and consistent use of 12 PM eVidya DTH television channels and nearly 397 radio stations, including community radio stations under the PM eVidya program. These efforts have been particularly helpful in pandemic situations, when schools were closed, to reach students. These efforts have helped to stop the learning hiatus to a large extent.

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