Ministry of Education initiative to use ICT in school education in India wins UNESCO award

The Ministry of Education’s initiative to use ICT under the “PM eVidya” program during the Covid pandemic has won recognition from UNESCO, officials said on Sunday.

The PM eVIDYA program was launched under the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” by the ministry in May 2020, which unifies all efforts related to digital, online and on-air education to enable multi-mode access to transmit the education using technology to minimize learning losses.

”The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a constituent unit of NCERT, was awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology ) in education for the year 2021,'” a senior Ministry of Education official said. “This award recognizes innovative approaches in harnessing new technologies to expand opportunities for education and learning. lifelong learning for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goal 4 on education,” the official said. Established in 2005 with the support of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that implement outstanding projects and promote the creative use of technology to improve learning, teaching, and overall educational performance in the digital age.

An international jury selects the two best projects each year. Each laureate receives USD 25,000, a medal and a diploma during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 June.

The ministry is mandated to deploy affordable technology to improve educational opportunities for all, increase the quality of education and bring equity to the country’s education system taking into account the recommendations of the new national education policy ( NEP), the official said.

Therefore, he has worked tirelessly and meticulously in designing, developing and disseminating a large number of e-books and e-content such as Indian Sign Language videos and talking books among others, has said the manager.

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