How Technology is Being Used to Accelerate Girls’ Inclusion and Access to Education (Particularly STEM) and Improve Pedagogical Practices to Enable Critical Thinking to Support Sustainable Gender Empowerment

e Worldwide Group


Session 312

11:00–13:00, Thursday, 15 June 2017 Room L2, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

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Information, education and critical thinking are the foundations to enable sustainable empowerment of girls, CwDs and women. Therefore,  to engage in the digital economy ICTs play a major role to enable personal growth and development, access to information, global resources and skills to enable earning power.

ICTs also play a critical role to help reduce a sense of isolation and provide ways to learn about taboo subjects; such as reproductive health and HIV, and makes girls and women feel safer and more in touch with family and friends, and strengthens self-esteem.

Furthermore, ICTs are playing a pivotal role in education by enabling pedagogical practices and offering incredible tools for engaging students in the classroom, making teaching more participatory along with helping teachers to promote analytical and critical thinking.

 

It encourages student-led research and builds critical media and digital literacy skills in the process. In places where textbooks are old and outdated, the internet offer multiple ways to connect with current events and up-to-date information.

 

Special care needs to be taken to ensure that ICTs are enabling CWDs/PWDs to obtain access to education and inclusion into the digital space, despite other challenges and family restrictions, as this is a much neglected space in the world, especially Asia and Africa.

This interactive session will highlight case studies and share practical examples on how technology can accelerate girls’ inclusion and access to education to support sustainable gender empowerment and overcome social and cultural barriers;

-      How technology can accelerate girls’ inclusion and access to education (particularly STEM) to support sustainable gender empowerment.

-      How ICTs are being used to improve pedagogical practices and helping teachers to promote critical thinking in the young, particularly for CWD

-      How ICTs are promoting women’s and girls’ education/engagement with ICTs and creating innovative livelihood programs for youth, CWDs and PWDs

-      How ICTs are enabling CWD/PWD to obtain access to education and inclusion into the digital space, despite other challenges and family restrictions                

-      How ICTs have changed the landscape for girls access to quality education and information

-      How access to education is building the foundation for critical thinking, awareness of girls rights and developing their inspirations and aspirations for their future

-      How ICTs are providing new avenues to overcome cultural challenges and barriers that prevent girls access to education

-      How ICTs are enabling CWD/PWD to obtain access to education and inclusion into the digital space, despite other challenges and family restrictions

-      How ICTs are having a multiplier effect in the education sector by providing access to quality education in rural communities with limited resources, infrastructure and providing virtual teachers

-      Role of ICTs in improving teacher’s training, and access to world class curriculums, seminars and interactive leaning

Moderator

− Dr Salma Abbasi, Chairperson and CEO, eWorldwide Group


Speakers/Panellists

1)    Hon Jean Philbert Nsengimana,

Minister of Youth & ICT, Rwanda – TBC

2)    Ms. Ngabo  Nankonde 

Manager Public Relations, Zambia Information & Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA)   

3)    Ms. Roxana WIDMER-ILIESCU

Senior Programme Officer, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU

4)    Ms. Mirna El-Hajj Barbar

Program Manager Officer, Technology for Development Division, UN-ESCWA  

5)    Ms. Simone Conrad

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

6)    Ms Theophania Chavatzia

Program Specialist, Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, UNESCO 

7)    Mr. Kishore Babu YGSC

Director, Ministry of Telecommunication, India – TBC

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

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