Ministry of Education’s idea to use ICT wins acknowledgement of UNESCO

Harshith Gowda | Last Updated | June 20, 2022, 19:11 IST

The COVID-19 pandemic-born initiative was a part of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” which was started by the ministry in May of 2020.

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A moment of pride for not only the Ministry of Education but the whole nation as its idea to utilise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) under the Indian government scheme “PM evidiya” which was used during the COVID-19 pandemic, has won the acknowledgement of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO on Sunday, January 19, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic-born initiative was a part of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” which was started by the ministry in May of 2020. The scheme was started to utilise all the endeavours that were interconnected to digital or on-air education so that students didn’t have to go through any educational loss.

The King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize of UNESCO award has been granted to an integral part of the NCERT, the Central Institute of Educational Technology, for its use of ICT in imparting education in 2021. As per the information shared by the official, the esteemed award is a token of recognition as the new approach is also in line with UNESCO’s 4th Goal and the Education and Sustainable Development programme, which is scheduled for 2030.

The award was established in 2005 with the support of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every year, as per the ritual followed, the international jury picks out two extraordinary projects. The winner of each prize not only gets US $25,000 and a medal but also a diploma at the time of the ceremony, which is conducted on June 24 every year in UNESCO headquarters, Paris.

In order to intensify the opportunities in terms of education for all, the ministry has a directive which aims to station technology that is affordable. This helps in increasing the quality of education and bringing equality into the Indian education system. All this has been done under the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP).

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