On January 25, 2018, the Joint Symposium on ICT in Education took place at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MECSS) in Mongolia. A total of 73 professionals participated in the Symposium including representatives of 21 provinces and Ulaanbaatar. Mr. Gambat, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports, opened that the Symposium. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of continuous teacher training as teachers are the core source of quality education. Teacher development activities using ICT in primary schools have been expanding with the support of local and international experts. Grassroots involvement of teachers throughout the country is the epoch-making movement, creating leadership and team effort among teachers. He was certain that this will lead further collaboration among teachers and professionals, ministries and universities.
Dr. Jonghwi Park presented ICT and teacher development in the framework of Sustainable Development Goals. She emphasized the importance developing skills of the citizens to cope with changing working environment, with emphasis on quality teacher development. Effective use of ICT is promoted in five specific goals within SDG4, including for skill development, gender equality, use of ICT, particularly mobile technology, access to ICT resources and teachers with ICT skills. Sharing the diverse condition in Asia and the Pacific region, Mongolia is in the good position to introduce mobile technology into teaching and learning.
Professor Tsedevsuren of Monglian National University of Education provided the current condition of ICT for teacher development, including multiple policies supporting ICT application in education. He also introduced the current implementation of ICT related educational activities such as experimental digital schools, development of e-textbooks and education management system (EIMS). Online platform to share teaching and training materials is the next priority for teacher training. In the digital world, ICT skills is an important part of literacy skills, and thus, strategy is needed to promote computational thinking and analytical skills close to individual life. As the resources are not efficiently used in some regions, effective integration of e-lessons are also urgent.
Professor Yume Yamaguchi representing Tokyo Tech and Professor Sukhbaatar presented the evaluation report of the progress of teacher development (2012-2017). The assessment and core findings served as an important basis for the further intervention to support entire basic education sector.
(Description of the pictures from the left: 1. Prof. Yamaguchi presenting the assessment report, 2. Prof. Sukhbaatar presenting the assessment report, 3. Ms. Orgilmaa presenting project achievement, 4. Dr. Park, UNESCO Education Expert presenting ICT trend in Asia)
Mr. Jadamba, Deputy Director of ECD of Bayankhongor provided their experience of implementation ranging from Infrastructure development in soum centers with fiber optics to digitalized teacher training development. Since 2008, teachers have been developed through basic software training to actual development of digital teaching materials to facilitate student-centered learning.
Active discussion was conducted during the afternoon sessions with representatives of central and local education sectors. The Joint Symposium was successfully completed with a clear message that this will serve as a milestone for further development of education sector on Mongolia.
February 5, 2018