Linking Technology and Education: UNESCO and Huawei Bring Campus UNESCO Youth Program to 20 Countries

SHENZHEN, China-(BUSINESS WIRE)-UNESCO and Huawei are organizing a series of online courses focusing on technology and education, as part of the UNESCO Campus program. So far, ten sessions have been organized, bringing together many students from 39 schools in 20 different countries.

The UNESCO Campus is an ongoing program that offers young people aged 14 to 18 the opportunity to participate in conference debates where they can interact with UNESCO experts and personalities from civil society. For 90 minutes, students have the opportunity to talk with these experts, in English or French, on topics related to the main themes of UNESCO, namely, education, artificial intelligence, sustainable development, gender equality and citizenship.

Huawei has been a partner in this program since June 2021. The sessions organized cover many different topics such as links between technology and education, the place of new technologies in our daily lives, today and tomorrow, or even the way in which they can help have a positive impact on society. While many schools will close at the height of the health crisis in 2020, students especially appreciate discussions about current issues on the international agenda. These topics include changes being made by schools, whether or not they are equipped with digital tools, or the need to attend face-to-face lessons, even if everything is in your finger on the internet.

We are convinced that the achievement of the SDGs and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis is a unique component of the innovation service.“, Said Dr. Valtencir Mendes, Senior Program Specialist at UNESCO, during a campus.

Other important topics were also discussed during these conference debates, including the value of digital skills in the job market and new attitudes to prevent cyberbullying, a real threat for many tin- teenager in a more connected where social networks are all over, especially when leaving the classroom.

Sharing their experiences and points of view with these experts will enable young people to realize not only the impact of new technologies on their daily lives, but also the central role they play. itself capable of Shaping the Future.

Speakers other than UNESCO experts may also be invited to these sessions, especially inspiring figures from the ecosystem, such as representatives of NGOs, IGOs, and even start-ups, who have various skills (scientists, researchers, project managers).

In line with the ambitions of the UNESCO Campus Program, Huawei and UNESCO are also collaborating on another project called “Technology-enabled Open Schools for All”, the implementation phase of which was launched in 2021 in Ghana, Egypt and Ethiopia. This three-year project aims to encourage the building of education systems that are resilient in the face of major global changes, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to equipping schools, this project also includes a training component for teachers and students in the use of digital tools, the construction of online platforms to integrate school learning and home, as well as the development of digital teaching programs that can be accessed at a distance.

The “Technology-enabled Open Schools for All” project is in line with Tech4Education, which is part of Huawei’s TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative. It aims to improve the fairness and quality of education through technology. Huawei’s ambition under the TECH4ALL initiative can be summed up in the following: nothing is left to anyone in the digital world.

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