This week, the Mobile Learning Week 2018 is in session


This week, the Mobile Learning Week 2018 is in session

Today the 29th of March to the 30th of March begins the UNESCO/ITU annual flagship ICT in education event surnamed ‘Mobile Learning Week’.

The 2018 edition is held under the theme, “Skills for a connected world” and will examine the skills needed in and for a connected economy and would also focus on digital skills and competencies.

Mobile learning week brings together "experts practitioners and policy-makers from around the world to share ideas and best practices on ways to use ubiquitous mobile technology to support learning for all, particularly disadvantaged communities"- UNESCO news.

Since this week is jointly organized by UNESCO and ITU, the respective heads -Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and her counterpart Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU will grace the opening ceremony

Mobile learning week

The week is divided into four inter-linked events, (i) Workshops – Monday 26 March, (ii) Symposium – Tuesday and Wednesday 27-8 March, (iii) Policy Forum Thursday 29 March and (iv) Strategy Labs on Friday the 30th of March.

This conference will also have 4 sub-events and seeks to facilitate actions to

  • Define and mainstream digital skills in education;
  • Innovate skills provision for jobs in the digital economy;
  • Close inequalities and gender divides in digital skills; and
  • Map and anticipate the changing needs for digital skills.

Some of the speakers lined up in the programme include

  • Moussa Oumarou, Deputy Director-General for Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organization (ILO),
  • Maren Kroeger, of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR,
  • Ariam Mogos, Education Innovation Specialist with UNICEF,
  • Yves Punie, Senior Scientist at the European Union research unit on Human Capital and Employment,
  • Mariana Costa, Chief Executive Officer of Laboratoria, a social enterprise that prepares young women from low income backgrounds for a career in tech,
  • Chris Coward of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) of the University of Washington Information School,
  • Beeban Kidron, film director, producer, children's rights campaigner and member of the UK House of Lords.

Follow the conference here

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