The discussion brought together policymakers, domain experts from AI, education, neuroscience, developmental psychology, data scientists and legal experts; digital instruction designers, game designers; industry representatives from education technology companies and Ed. tech startups.
The High-level Policy Forum acted as a prelude to TECH 2018, specifically targeting policymakers. It was chaired by the former President of Kyrgyzstan and MGIEP Board Member, H.E Roza Otunbyueva.
The forum was attended by dignitaries from Grenada, Ghana and representative from UNESCO, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
UNESCO MGIEP believes that with the global market set to touch two billion USD in India and over 250 billion USD in the Asia Pacific region by 2022, it is time for some broad guidelines that countries can use for evaluating the quality and inclusiveness of digital educational content. Furthermore, with the massive influx of digital learning systems and solutions such as games, it has become extremely difficult for teachers, parents, and school leaders to assess products and monitor learning outcomes.
A new learning ecosystem is needed to prepare students to understand, critique, and positively transform the social and cultural conditions they live in to enhance well-being for all. The conference aims to adapt all efforts in this direction towards placing socio-emotional skills at the centre of these new developments.
Prof Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP emphasized: “The 21st-century learner is a digital native, who needs to be both intellectually and emotionally resilient and it is time that our education system addresses this reality and adapts itself.”
The High-Level Policy Forum discussed the Vizag declaration that calls for UNESCO MGIEP to initiate a process to develop the guidelines and present them to the 2019 UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.