The Department of School Education and the Ministry of Education gained UNESCO recognition for their usage in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a comprehensive program known as PM eVIDYA.
On May 17, 2020, the Ministry of Education launched the PM eVIDYA as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, which integrates all activities linked to digital/online/on-air education, to offer multi-mode access for delivering education by using technology to minimize learning losses.
The Central Institute of Education Technology (CIET) is an integral unit within the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) under the Department Of School Education and Literacy (DOSEL), Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, has been presented with the UNESCO King Hamad Bin-Isa Al-Khalifa Prize to promote the usage of ICT in education for the period 2021-2021, according to a statement issued from the Ministry of Education.
This award honors the most innovative approaches that make use of technology advancements to enhance educational and lifelong possibilities for all according to the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education.
The Ministry of Education, through CIET, and NCERT has been tirelessly and diligently creating developing, distributing, and releasing many eBooks, eContent, audios video, interactives, and content that is augmented reality, Indian Sign Language (ISL) audiobooks, videos, books as well as other. The goal is to use affordable technology to increase the opportunities for education for all students, improve learning quality, and create equity in the education system of the nation.
The CIET was proactive in bringing learning rights to the youngsters by making extensive, durable ethical, and consistent use of noon Vidhya’s DTH TV channels as well as 397 radio stations, which includes community radio stations in the PM eVidya program. These efforts proved to be very successful when it came to reaching students, particularly during the COVID outbreak, which forced schools to close.
More details about the King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize
The Prize was established in 2005, with the support from Bahrain, the Kingdom of Bahrain honors those organizations that take on outstanding initiatives and encourage the use of technology creatively to enhance teaching, learning, and overall performance in education in the age of digital technology.
Each year an international jury chooses two exceptional projects. In a ceremony held at the UNESCO headquarters located in Paris, Each award winner is awarded US$25,000 as well as a medal as well as a diploma. This year’s ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 24, 2022.
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