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STATEMENT: Huawei and UNESCO expand the project to open schools to new countries

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STATEMENT: Huawei and UNESCO expand the project to open schools to new countries

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The second phase will run from 2024 to 2027 in Egypt, Brazil and Thailand.

PARIS, April 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- UNESCO and Huawei yesterday launched Phase II of the Technology Open School System for All (TeOSS) project at the UNESCO Digital Futures of Education Seminar, announcing that the second phase will be developed from 2024 to 2027 in Brazil, Thailand and Egypt. The first phase has already benefited thousands of educators in Egypt, Ghana and Ethiopia.

Aligned with the UN SDG4, TeOSS aims to build more crisis-resilient, inclusive and future-ready education systems by leveraging technology to provide digital resources, training and policy support to educators and students.

"In the face of an unprecedented digital transformation, education is at the forefront, using technology not only to expand access but to redefine the very nature of learning and knowledge for generations to come," said Stefania Giannini, Deputy Director General of Education. , UNESCO. "Thanks to partners like Huawei, we can harness this digital revolution to shape an inclusive, equitable and people-centered educational future."

Summary of Phase 1 of Open Schools

Phase I of TeOSS ran from 2020 to 2024 in Egypt, Ethiopia and Ghana. UNESCO and Huawei supported the education ministries of the three African countries in the design, implementation and evaluation of open school systems in three pilot projects.

As part of this process, ministerial representatives of the three nations shared progress, best practices and experiences from the first phase yesterday at the UNESCO seminar.

"The project aims to address educational challenges by integrating digital learning platforms and digital content that align with the curriculum and digital competencies of teachers. It also seeks to promote open educational models through national learning policies digital," said Hegazi Idris, Advisor to the Minister for Literacy and Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education and Technical Education, Egypt.

Also at the UNESCO seminar, representatives from Brazil, Thailand and Egypt discussed key national issues facing education and how Phase II of the TeOSS project can help resolve them.

"Thailand launched Digital Thailand to achieve digital education through connectivity, content and skills," said Suthep Kaengsanthia, Permanent Secretary of Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand.

"Brazil has set a goal of universal connectivity for educational purposes in all public basic education schools in the country by 2026," said Barbara Bacellar Rodrigues de Godoy, primary education project management consultant at the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

TeOSS is aligned with the educational domain of Huawei's TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative, which aims to leverage technology to drive equity and quality in education.

"Huawei is fully committed to working with UNESCO, governments and all stakeholders to develop technological solutions that can enable an inclusive and sustainable digital world," said Liu Mingju, Director of Huawei's TECH4ALL Program Office.

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