The goals of the project are consistent with the EFA’s central tenet, the right to education, as well as the 2003 WSIS principles, the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Its primary goal is to ensure that school-aged children enjoy a quality of schooling comparable to what is available in sub-Arctic settings while at the same time being more in tune with Arctic community realities.
A two-pronged approach is planned.
Relying on the potential of ICT to meet management and instructional challenges, the first will be at the level of the Ministry itself. To ensure the relevance and cost-effectiveness of the education system it manages, the Ministry needs a reliable database. The project will, therefore, introduce a computer-based information management system known as EMIS. Developed and extensively tested by UNESCO over the past decade, this system has proven its worth in correcting systemic dysfunctions.
The second frontis at the level of the school itself. To be sustainable, changes in the classroom must be internally driven. Summer vacation seminars, occasional visits from Ministry staff, teachers manuals – all have their role but are not, by themselves, sufficient. Needed is someone on the inside and no one is better placed to guide the change process than the primary school head teacher.
enjoys the respect of the community and can enlist its active participation,
knows and enjoys the trust of the staff and students of the school; and
being properly trained, can bring about real change by providing sustained support to classroom teachers.
With that in mind, then, the re-training of primary school head teachers using modern ICT technology and enabling them with mobile learning facilities and open educational resources will be the second programmatic thrust of the pilot project.