Thematic Area Education
Education is one of the most critical building blocks for societal transformation in the global network society. SPIDER will continue to work with organizations and institutions of learning to improve quality of education in and outside the classroom specifically by addressing literacy, numeracy, vocational skills, problem solving learning that is contextualized and digital literacy.
SDG #4 the main goal
The Education and Learning programme is embedded in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the main goal is number 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
SPIDER’s program for Education will be focusing on student centric learning, where the emphasis will be on access to ICT based learning, making digital content available and accessible over time, and capacity building of teachers.
2.1 Students and learners have access to ICT based open learning and digital content
Having access to quality education and making digital content readily available is integral in making learning and education available to all. This will be achieved by Spider partners through support of technical infrastructure and the development of pedagogically suitable material. Spider partners will provide open education resources in a number of different ways that will be accessible to students and learners irrespective of gender, ethnicity, social status or special needs or age. Education will be provided in a variety of subjects and platforms for adapting and developing current courses to offline/online versions e.g internet based, via radio or other ICT tools that are readily available and suitable. Spider partners will also provide access to ICT infrastructure and mentoring to integrate ICT into education. Spider partners will provide teachers and trainers access to pedagogical resources and network capabilities on open education platforms to assist in sustainable capacity building.
To provide equal access to material and communication facilities for rural education institutions for education and research, Spider will collaborate with partners to extend infrastructure in partner countries.
2.2 Forums and networks have improved the use of ICT for learning
Spider will continue facilitating collaboration between different education partners. Spider’s Network for ICT in Education that currently has partners from Bolivia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda will be extended as a forum to provide for sharing lessons learned between projects and disseminating results. In the coming period the network will expand with new members.
2.3 Institutions of learning and related CSOs have strengthened capacity building of teachers, and the sustainability of accessible learning and development of digital content
Accessibility, content development and integration of ICT into education will in many cases be combined in projects by Spider partners. Providing open access to resources will be combined with development of content adapted for the target groups and the media by which it will be pedagogically presented e.g. by using or developing Learning Management Systems (LMSs).
Capacity building of teachers and training of trainers in pedagogical use and integration of ICT in teaching material with instructional design will be performed by Spider partners. Teacher training in ICT entails both that teachers are trained both in how to use ICT for their own professional development, and also in how to use them effectively in education. This includes training in selecting or developing appropriate and/or relevant content for local contexts to assure ownership by the teachers.