Lebanon Embraces ICTs for Education
The World Bank recently held “Tech for Kids,” an event to convince children, teachers, and the government to the power of ICTs in response to issues of high youth unemployment. The World Bank considers including technology in education from an early age, particularly with a focus on teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and math, to provide youth the necessary skills to find employment in their home country.
The initiative included a fair for children aged 11-14 and their parents and workshops on new technologies such as 3D printing and Raspberry Pi. Workshops featured hands-on activities facilitated by those such as Stuart Swann, a LEGO certified trainer, and Eliane Metni, director of International Education Association, among others.
The following day focused on training teachers in incorporating ICT into curricula and meetings on “21st Century Skills Development in Lebanon” that included “government, education and innovation stakeholders.” Finally, teachers guided sessions for their students using Scratch, Lego, littleBits, and Qalamsila.
Tech for Kids showed the importance of locally relevant content and teacher-student relationships. The World Bank, and its financer the Korean Partnership Facility, hope to continue the initiative if it is ratified by the Lebanese Parliament.
Source: World Bank