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Bett Latin American Education Leaders: What are the key challenges regarding education and technology in Latin America (Part 2)?

jorge_sequeiraIn part one of the interview Jorge Sequeira outlined the key areas and concerns which Latin America faces in regards to improving educational and technological standards. Now in part 2, Jorge finally explains where he believes the solutions lie:

As modern societies increasingly rely and are based on information and knowledge they need to:
  • Build workforces that have ICT skills to handle information and are reflective, creative and adept at problem-solving in order to generate knowledge
  • Enable citizens to be knowledgeable and resourceful so they are able to manage their own lives effectively, and are able to lead full and satisfying lives
  • Encourage all citizens to participate fully in society and influence the decisions which affect their lives
  • Foster cross-cultural understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
A UNESCO response: the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers
These social and economic goals are the focus of a country’s education system. Teachers need to be equipped to achieve these goals, and to respond to this challenge, UNESCO has developed an international benchmark which sets out the skills required to teach effectively with ICTs: UNESCO’s ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. 
This Framework is intended to:
-Inform educational policy makers, teacher-educators, providers of professional learning and working teachers on the role of ICTs in educational reform
-Assist the countries in developing ICT competency standards for teachers with a Master Plan approach on ICTs in Education.
The Framework emphasizes that it is not enough for teachers to have ICT skills and be able to teach them to their students. Teachers need also to be able to help the students become collaborative, problem-solving, creative learners through using ICTs, so they will become effective citizens and members of the workforce.
The Framework therefore addresses all aspects of a teacher’s work:
  • Understanding ICT in education
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Pedagogy
  • Proper ICT
  • Organisation and administration
  • Teacher professional learning
The Framework is arranged in three different approaches to teaching (three successive stages of a teacher’s development).
a)The 1st is Technology Literacy, enabling students to use ICTs in order to learn more efficiently.
b)The 2nd is Knowledge Deepening, enabling students to acquire in-depth knowledge of their school subjects and apply it to complex, real-world problems.
c)The 3rd is Knowledge Creation, enabling students, citizens and the workforce they become, to create the new knowledge required for more harmonious, fulfilling and prosperous societies.
Jorge Sequeira will be a part of the Bett Latin America Leadership Summit taking place on the 31st October 2013 in São Paulo. To find out more about the conference agenda visit the website here.

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