India’s ICT-based Education Initiative Wins UNESCO Award

India’s ICT-based Education Initiative Wins UNESCO Award

Reported By: Kunjan Motiyani

India’s Ministry of Education’s “PM eVidya” scheme, which uses ICT to provide digital, online, and on-air education during the Covid pandemic, has been recognised by UNESCO, officials said on Sunday. The scheme was initiated as part of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” by the ministry in May 2020 in order to reduce learning losses by providing access to education through multiple modes of technology. 

The UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education was established in 2005 to reward individuals and organizations who are implementing outstanding projects that use technology to enhance learning, teaching, and overall educational performance in the digital age. 

An international jury selects the two best projects annually, and each prize-winner receives USD 25,000, a medal, and a diploma during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

“ Heartiest congratulations to the Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), NCERT for winning the 2021 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize.

Kudos to CIET, NCERT for their use of technology in enabling inclusive crisis-resilient #learning #systems!” UNESCO New Delhi tweeted on June 18th 2022.