Timor-Leste’s first ICT and Innovation in Education conference kicks off in Dili
DILI. 26 October 2020: Timor-Leste’s first-ever information, communication and technology (ICT) and innovation in education conference was launched today by H.E. Armindo Maia, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport and Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. The conference takes place on 26 and 27 October at the Convention Center of Dili.
The conference, titled ‘Reimagine Education: ICT and Innovation in Timor-Leste’ brings together students, teachers, representatives from the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sport, Finance and Transport, experts in education, skills development, information technology and innovation in education, as well as private sector and development partners. They will look at a number of examples of innovation and use of technology in education, identify lessons learned, challenges, and ways in which children in Timor-Leste could benefit from innovation and use of ICT in education.
“Children in Timor-Leste face many challenges in getting quality education, from a lack of physical infrastructure to innovation and access,” says H.E. Armindo Maia, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport. “This conference will allow us to share our experiences, learn from each other, explore potential collaborations and accelerate progress in education.”
The ICT in education and innovation conference would bring together participants based in Timor-Leste as well as others from across the world connected through digital technology.
“Technology and innovation provide so many opportunities for children in schools, or making education inclusive and accessible to those out of school or with disabilities,” says Valerie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. “We are looking to break barriers for children, bring together public and private sector and development actors to ensure children receive the education they deserve – and prepare them for achieving dreams and competing on a global stage.”
UNICEF supported the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and partners in developing lessons for television, radio and launching an online platform for children and teachers to access lessons online and continue learning when schools closed in March this year. UNICEF has continued to support the development of additional programmes and resources for these platforms even as schools have re-opened to ensure children have the opportunity to access material to continue learning.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF in Timor-Leste and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/timorleste