The Mobile Learning Week 2018 was held from 26 to 30 March in Paris, France, under the theme "Skills for a connected world".
Organized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with ITU the five-day event examined the digital skills needed to create a connected global economy and society.
Participants, including ministers of ICT and ministers of education, private sector CEOs, policy and education specialists, technology innovators, informal digital skills training providers, researchers, academics and civil society exchanged knowledge on how digital technologies can be leveraged to improve quality of and access to education.
"Improving skills and expanding digital literacy are a must in today's connected world in order to match the employment and entrepreneurship requirements of the digital economy,'' said Mr Brahima Sanou. "Mobile Learning Week offers an excellent platform for governments, the private sector, academia and the civil society to collaborate and build sustainable partnership to promote access to digital skills for people everywhere."
A Symposium was held on 27 and 28 March and featured keynote speeches and high level plenary addresses from Ministers, representatives of United Nations Agencies, and other partner organizations. During the Symposium, ITU held several sessions which focused on innovating skills, the joint Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign, jointly organized by ITU and the International Labour Organization (ILO), Artificial Intelligence, and digital transformation.
The annual Mobile Learning Week Policy Forum too place on Thursday 29 March. The Forum brought together ministers of education, ministers of ICT, telecom regulators and leaders from private sector and social enterprise companies to engage, share experiences and discuss how coordinated action and ICTs can help countries address digital skills gaps and expand learning opportunities using ICTs.
During the Mobile Learning Week, ITU launched its Digital Skills Toolkit to support Member States to design national digital skills development strategies for life and work of all citizens in the growing digital economy.
Mobile Learning Week 2018, was designed to expand the international knowledge base about digital skills education and facilitate actions to achieve the following objectives
- Define and mainstream digital skills;
- Innovate skills provision for jobs in the digital economy;
- Close inequalities and gender divides and;
- Map and anticipate changing skill needs.
Other highlights of the week included 18 workshops, which facilitated demonstrations of innovative policies, research, projects and mobile learning solutions. Presenters were from a wide range of international organizations, NGOs, governmental agencies, and academic institutions that are implementing digital skills development programmes.
ITU and UNESCO partner organizations also hosted Strategy Labs which helped to guide the conceptualization and refinement of projects for defining frameworks, assessing digital skills across groups and across time, and anticipating the changing needs for digital skills.