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UNESCO Explores Mobile Tech in Education
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Created: Feb 26, 2013

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) began its second Mobile Learning Week at its headquarters in Paris, France, yesterday. The four day event aims to explore the role of mobile technologies in achieving the Education for All goals of increasing education access, quality and equality.


The global Education for All (EFA) movement, led by UNESCO, aims to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.164 governments pledged to achieve the six goals set under EFA, such as Expanding and improving early childhood care, and achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy.


Mobile Learning Week 2013 will focus on three goals of the EFA – improving levels of adult and youth literacy, improving the quality of education, and achieving gender parity and equality in education.


Through a two-day conference featuring keynote speakers and demonstrations of mobile content and technology, a meeting of high-level government officials, and an open webinar moderated by leading thinkers in the field of ICT in education, the event will explore the potential of mobile technologies in the EFA goals. The event is organised in partnership with Nokia, Microsoft, GSMA, Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent.


UNESCO has also launched a mobile app for users to obtain information about the Mobile Learning Week, including details about the programme, maps and directions to the venue and social media information. Users can connect with the Mobile Learning Week through its Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #mlw2013 on Twitter.

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