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Using mobile learning to support quality education

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
UNICEF South Africa Representative, Herve de Lys, addresses participants at the M-Learning Expert Panel Workshop in Pretoria.

Pretoria, 7-8 August 2017 -  With technology evolving rapidly, the benefits of learning through mobile phones and tablets has become increasingly evident.

With this in mind, UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education (DBE), convened a meeting of local and global experts focusing on mobile learning platforms that can support the delivery of quality learning and teaching for all. The wide range of presentations focused on how mobile technology can be used to support quality learning, promote access and manage rapid technological change while catering for under-resourced and remote education communities.

Guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the DBE’s Action Plan to 2019 and Operation Phakisa, the workshop debated technical design principles and strategies that can enable personalised learning across South Africa’s 26 000 public schools. Discussions also focused on the opportunities for UNICEF, DBE and their partners to exploit while sharing best practices, lessons learned and strategies that have worked in other countries.

As the benefits of mobile technology become increasingly apparent, the M-learning Expert Panel reminded delegates of the need to harness the collective wisdom and experience in support of our most critical education goals.

 

 
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