Time: 16 and 17 January 2021, 3 pm-5:50 pm Moscow time (GMT+3), 8pm-10:50pm BJT (GMT+8)
Meeting ID：882 4743 2300
Working language: English and Chinese (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
In the process of accelerating urbanization, the rural educational population is getting smaller and fewer, and the challenge of ensuring quality of education is becoming increasingly difficult. Improving the quality of rural education through technology has always been an important plan of the rural education development strategy, and high expectations have been placed thereon. However, in practice, the programme of technological improvement to promote the quality of rural education has been poorly implemented. It is often regarded as the patent of developed cities, and rural schools lack experimental opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the education ecology; it has also pushed rural schools into the experiment of “online education”. In this worldwide online education experiment, the perspective of education policy research needs to go beyond the shortage of multiple resources in rural education, and to discuss the key technologies, constraints, and feasibility of breakthroughs in the programme to improve the quality of rural education. It is also expected that the education policy researches could gather international wisdom to explore sustainable development plans for enhancing the quality of rural education in the post-COVID era.
On 16 and 17 January 2021, UNESCO International Research and International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (UNESCO INRULED), UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) and Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University (BNU) will hold 2021 International Seminar on Technological Progress Promotes the Quality of Rural Education, which will become a unique virtual platform for discussion of the challenges and ways to improve the quality of rural education. In particular, the seminar is aimed to reinforce the inter-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation, which aims to accelerate the renovation of rural education. It will also work to deepen North-South knowledge exchange in the field of rural education, facilitate the design of collaboration strategies, inquire into the relationship between technological progress and rural education, and capitalize on the best practices that expedite progress towards Education 2030. To this effect, a variety of national experiences and good practices as well as relevant perspectives will be presented and discussed.
The event will bring together representatives from governmental education agencies and institutions, international development partners, ICT device and service providers, teacher training and ongoing professional development organizations, as well as individual experts and practitioners (centers, institutions, etc.), rural teachers and teaching management personnel. The seminar programme will include discussions on the following main themes:
- Technological progress promotes development theories of rural education
- Technological progress promotes pedagogical approaches of rural education
- Technological progress promotes partnership of rural education
- Technological progress promotes accessibility and inclusion of rural education
- Technological progress promotes leadership of rural education
- Technological progress promotes assessment of rural education