On the second and final day of the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in Nairobi, the ministerial statement adopted at the conclusion of the conference reflected the great achievements of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) “in moving teachers online, fostering alliances such as the CommonwealthWiseWomen and skilling large numbers of individuals using the web” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministers further appreciated COL’s focus on learning for sustainable development using diverse technologies.
Earlier in the day, Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO presented to the participant ministers, COL’s impact over the last planning period highlighting three aspects of its work as contributing towards the betterment of education and skills, namely innovation, growth, and sustainability (which constituted the theme of the conference). COL’s impact report covering the period 2015-2021 can be found here.
Examples provided for work done in the three areas of sustainability, growth and innovation included:
- The Open Schooling model demonstrated COL’s contribution to sustainability given this model has significantly increased cost-effectiveness of receiving education for students and has proven to be efficient in reduction of their carbon footprint.
- Work done in COL’s two initiatives namely Skills Online and Lifelong Learning for Farmers showcased learning in non-formal and informal settings leading to growth in income and empowerment.
- AptusPi (a low-cost device that allows educators and learners to connect to digital learning platforms and content without the need for grid electricity or Internet access) and MOOCs were reflective of COL’s work in innovation.
In his keynote address, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, referred to COL as “a source of learning innovations.” See tweet here.
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