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Using mobile technology in skills development for women

UNEVOC Network members present promising practices to improve skills for employability at UNESCO's Mobile Learning Week 2015
23 February 2015

UNESCO DG Irina Bokova opening MLW 2015
The EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 claims: "Educating girls and women has unmatched transformative power". A number of international organizations, UNESCO and UN Women foremost among them, have argued that education for girls and women may be the single most effective tool for development. UNESCO together with UN Women decided to use the powerful platform of Mobile Learning Week 2015 to investigate how mobile technology can be leveraged to accelerate high-quality education for women and girls, especially those living in disadvantaged communities: How can women have equitable access to high-quality education? What role can technology play in achieving this goal, and what are the consequences for the post-2015 development agenda?

High interest in presenters' topics. From left to right: Jansson, Ouerdiane, Thompson, Dela Rama

Education for work and life is an important topic on the education agenda that often receives little attention. Especially with regard to TVET a lot remains to be done. In 1995 the Beijing Platform for Action called on countries to ensure equal access to education for girls and to expand the availability of vocational training for women. The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre together with UNESCO's section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development saw it as an important task to raise the visibility of the TVET agenda at MLW 2015 and co-organized a number of presentations focusing on improving skills development of women and girls through the means of ICTs:

  • Exploring the potential of big data for skills development
    Lori Foster Thompson
  • Improving the employability of rural women by teaching English through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) in Bangladesh
    Alexandra Tyers and Ronda Zelezny-Green
All presentations will soon be made available here and on UNESCO's MLW website.

UNEVOC exhibition
UNEVOC staff members Uta Roth and Max Ehlers managed the UNESCO-UNEVOC exhibition booth. MLW participants were particularly interested in reports of virtual conferences on ICTs for TVET and Women and TVET.

Video: Impressions of MLW2015

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