EdDevTrust co-convenes consultation on GEM Report on technology and education

We were delighted to co-convene a consultation this week on a forthcoming edition of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report this week, in partnership with UNESCO and Brains Africa.

The closed virtual event, which hosted over 120 individuals, including senior policymakers and education ministers from across Africa, sought to bring together key thinkers and practitioners to inform the inclusion, accessibility and equity element of the forthcoming report. The consultation related to the 2023 report, which will focus on technology and education.

Following opening remarks from Gaspard Twagirayezu, Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education in Rwanda and Benjamin Kofi Gyasi, Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Ghana, we heard from Manos Antoninis, Director of the GEM Report, who introduced the project and the key themes for the 2023 report. Key challenges and questions to be addressed included how to provide education to hard-to-reach learners, how to distribute infrastructure and devices equitably, how to address gender stereotyping, and how to ensure more knowledge can reach more learners in more attractive and less expensive formats.

Following a series of breakout sessions, Richard King, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Education Development Trust, give closing remarks, highlighting the importance of working with system processes at a system level, and spotlighting our work in two key programmes: our Girls’ Education Challenge programme in Kenya and our Building Learning Foundations programme in Rwanda.

We were delighted to be part of this important event. A report detailing the outcomes of the discussions will be published by UNESCO in the near future.