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ICT and distance learning in tertiary education institutions during school closure

Date and time: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 2pm to 3:30 pm

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Countries are implementing drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including school closures. By the end of second week of April 2020, analyses conducted by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics tracking the consequences of the pandemic on education showed that 192 countries had implemented nation-wide school closure, and that the pandemic had impacted 91.4% of the world’s students . In Africa, percentage of students impacted by nation-wide closures is estimated to be slightly above the global figure.


This unprecedented situation is forcing governments and educators to find quick solutions to ensure the continuity of quality education in all levels of education. However, it is clear that these solutions operate at varied technological levels. While some countries or institutions can provide appropriate and different tools for real distance learning (such as fast internet and interactive learning platform) others, at a less advanced technological level, are setting up alternative systems (such as the use of text messages and issue of handouts) for distance learning.

Ideally, countries should leverage on ICT in ensuring continuation of education during school closure through e-learning. However, in Africa, most teachers, tutors and lecturers have limited capacities and access to these technologies, especially among marginalized communities in the continent. It is in this context that UNESCO-IICBA, whose mandate is to strengthen the capacities of teaching staff and teaching policies in Africa, is organizing a webinar to help share experiences in the use of ICT in distance in tertiary learning and training institutions during closure.

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Participating countries are invited to designate an education expert who will share experiences enabling the following questions to be answered: - How have governments prepared (or are preparing) to support tertiary educators to continue delivering quality instruction in an online learning environment? What types of capacity-building are being provided to tertiary educators lacking skills for teaching in digital learning platforms?

- How are tertiary educators working in remote or rural contexts being supported? How are governments enabling these educators to continue to deliver education in contexts without access to the internet or digital technologies? What other innovative models of support are being delivered to teachers to ensure education can continue?

- What support mechanisms have been put in place to ensure educators’ well-being in times of crisis requiring social distancing? What resources have governments provided to tertiary educators working from home?


To share information about how governments are supporting tertiary educators to use ICT to continue to provide quality education to overcome COVID-19 related school closures. In addition, to share experience on the use of ICT in distance learning in tertiary education institutions. The webinar will facilitate knowledge exchange across national borders.


The target audiences for the webinar are AU and Ministries of Education officials responsible for teacher development and management, tertiary educators, teacher educators, representatives of partner organizations, and UNESCO colleagues.

Technical specifications

The webinar will use Microsoft Teams as a technical platform.


Agenda Time Item 14:00-14:05 Welcoming remarks and introduction of the themes Ms Yumiko YOKOZEKI, Director, UNESCO Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa 14:05-14:15 Keynote Speaker Dr. Adewale ADESINA, Director, Learning Content Management Systems, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) 14:15-14:55 Sharing of information and experiences (08 minutes for each speaker) Nigeria Dr. Vivian O. NWAOCHA, Head of Computer Science Department, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Ethiopia Dr. Temesgen MELAKU, Teacher Educator, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Kenya Prof. Robert OBOKO, Associate Professor & Director, School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Cameroon Prof. Peter Fon TITANJI, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Bamenda, Cameroon Botswana Dr. Daniel TAU, VC, Botswana Open University (BOU), Botswana 14:55-15:20 Questions and answers followed by a short discussion 15:20-15:30 Closing remarks Dr. Mahama OUEDRAOGO, Director of Human Resources, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission

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