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Education - Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education: Building national ICT/education agencies

Education - Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education: Building national ICT/education agencies

1-4 November 2010
Seoul, South Korea

Sponsored by the World Bank, the Korean Ministry of Education, Science & Technology,
the Korean Education Research & Information Service (KERIS) and other partners

Many developing countries have embarked upon – and others are seriously considering – large-scale roll-outs of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in their education sector. Similar processes began in most OECD countries 10-20 years ago, in many middle income countries more recently. Structurally, education systems organize themselves in various ways to fund, implement and oversee these sorts of initiatives, which are typically quite expensive – and complex – and the related organizations evolve, in ways incremental and radical, over time. Despite the highly varied local contexts, in most countries, a single institution is core to the implementation of ICT/education initiatives.

What do we know about how such institutions work, and what suggestions might we have for governments creating such institutions for the first time, supporting these sorts of agencies over time, and/or restructuring such organizations to meet future challenges?

Please join us in Seoul, South Korea this November for what is meant to be the first ever global gathering of leaders of national ICT/education agencies (and their equivalents) from OECD, middle income and low income countries to share information about what is working, and what isn’t, and possible roads ahead. Some key questions related to the development of national ICT/education agencies (and their functional equivalents) in developing countries to be considered:

  • How should an education system structure itself to met new challenges in this area, and what roles and responsibilities could/should a dedicated ICT/education agency or unit play?
  • What global and regional models for ‘good practice’ exist?
  • How should such an institution be organized and staffed?
  • What funding mechanisms exist for such institutions, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
  • How have such organizations evolved over time, and what implications might there be for the future?

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