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Use of ICT in school education in India receives UNESCO’s recognition

Published: 25th Jun, 2022

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Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a division of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, has presented UNESCO's King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education for 2021.

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  • The Ministry of Education's initiative to utilize ICT as part of the "PM eVidya" project during the Covid epidemic has received UNESCO recognition.
  • The CIET was proactive in bringing learning to children’s doorsteps.
  • These initiatives were particularly beneficial in pandemic circumstances when schools were closed, for reaching out to students.
  • These efforts significantly assisted in breaking the learning halt.
  • It utilized 12 PM eVidya DTH TV channels and almost 397 broadcasting stations, comprising community radio stations within the PM eVidya initiative.

PM eVIDYA:

  • The PM eVIDYA was initiated as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan by the Ministry of Education in 2020.
  • It integrates all efforts in online/digital/on-air education to offer multi-mode access to education while minimizing learning losses through the use of technology.

UNESCO’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize 

  • It was founded in 2005 with backing from the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • The Prize recognizes individuals & organizations that are carrying out remarkable initiatives and supporting the innovative use of technology to improve learning, teaching, and overall achievement in education in the digital age.
  • An international jury chooses the two finest projects.
  • Each award winner gets USD 25,000, a medal, and a diploma through the ceremony held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
  • This award honors creative methods for harnessing new technology to increase educational and lifelong learning opportunities for everyone, following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Goal 4 on Education.

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