Training seminar on ICT in pre-primary education in the Republic of Mauritius

On 14-17 December 2015 UNESCO IITE held a training on ICT in pre-primary education in the Republic of Mauritius.               

UNESCO IITE was officially requested by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research (Mauritius) to take part in the ICT Conference for Pre-Primary Schools and to provide support and training for local specialists on ICT in pre-primary education. Mrs Natalia Amelina, UNESCO IITE programme specialist, was officially nominated as a resource person and carried out trainings on Mauritius.                             

The first three days (14-16 December) the training was arranged in the Mahatma Gandhi Institute on Mauritius. The fourth day of the event (17 December) was held on Rodrigues Island (an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius). In general 964 specialists on ICT in pre-primary education took part in the event during four days of the training. It is significant, that this training seminar became the first event in the African region in general devoted to ICT for pre-primary education.

The training programme was based on the results of the UNESCO IITE project “ICT in early childhood education”, which was launched by IITE in 2010. It covered the strategy of ICT integration into early childhood education, disclosedmain steps of its implementation and included best international practices on ICT in pre-primary education. Mrs. Sarah Bardett (Middlesex University) also took part in the "ICT Conference for Pre-Primary Schools" and shared UK experience and practice on ICT in pre-primary education with the participants.

On 18 December Mrs Natalia Amelina took part in the high-level meeting at the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Mauritius.The experts of the meeting summarized the results of the training and provided suggestions for implementation strategy aimed at development of high-quality pre-primary education by means of ICTs. During the meeting it was agreed to expand cooperation with the UNESCO IITE and to arrange joint activities within several projects.

Thank you letter from Ministry of Education and Human Resources.

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