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UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013 spans the globe

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iHomeEducator, Inc. was one of more than 300 attending the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013 symposium and 500 registered for the webinars organized during the UNESCO second annual Mobile Learning Week (MLW 2013), which took place at UNESCO Headquarters from 18 to 22 February 2013.

MLW 2013 focused on three particular Education For All (EFA) goals as they relate to mobile learning:

  • Improving levels of adult and youth literacy: how mobile technologies can support literacy development and increase reading opportunities
  • Improving the quality of education: how mobile technologies can support teachers and their professional development
  • Achieving gender parity and equality in education: how mobile technologies can support equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality for all, in particular for women and girls

These topics were presented and discussed during a two-day symposium from 18 to 19 February 2013. This open invitation event constituted the backbone of MLW and featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, and nearly 50 breakout presentations from around the world. If you missed any of these presentations or if you want to see them again, they are now available online on the MLW website.

Speakers came from the IT/Telecom industry including Microsoft, Nokia, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and many more. Also there were some very eye opening stories where developing countries are using low cost mobile devices to replace shipping of heavy text books and to provide education to children in Africa, Pakistan, Mexico, and other nations.

About UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:

  • Africa
  • Gender equality

And on a number of overarching objectives:

  • Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning
  • Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable developments
  • Addressing emerging social and ethnic challenges
  • Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and aculture of peace
  • Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication
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Andy is the co-founder and innovator behind the iHomeEducator, Inc. apps.  Through the last two decades Andy held management and marketing positions in services, R&D, business development, and product marketing with various high tech telecommunications companies.  Andy holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer/Electrical Engineering from Purdue University with a focus in artificial intelligence and robotics.

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