Key officials from the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education along with a range of stakeholders and suppliers of education assembled at the BMICH on the 26th of November to discuss the findings of LIRNEasia’s ICTs in the classroom Systematic Review. The findings were placed in context of other research such as the recent PISA study. Two speakers from neighboring countries, Anir Chowdhury from the Access to Information Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh and Longkai Wu of the National Institute of Education Singapore, provided a comparative perspective. Sri Lankan efforts to leverage ICTs for educational purposes such as Guru.lk and e-takshilawa.lk were described.
The rich discussion at the end focused on questions such as (1) why ICTs in delivery of education? (2) can ICTs address disparities in educational opportunities when they themselves are not evenly distributed across society? and (3) what is the value of replicating offline education online? Many useful connections were made among the participants and it is hoped that the event will lead to useful collaborations.
The slidesets are here.