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BRIEF October 4, 2017

BBL: Building and Sustaining National Educational Technology Agencies


The World Bank Technoliogy & Innovation in Education Global Solutions Group invites you to a BBL and Book Launch:


Building and Sustaining National Educational Technology Agencies:
Lessons, Models and Case Studies from Around the World

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 12:30 – 1:30pm (EST)

venue: room J7-044 | 701 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

livestream via WebEx: #: 735 776 939, Password: Mecj6wEj







Michael Trucano, Sr. Education & Technology Policy Specialist
Education Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Jongwon Seo, Chief, Global Cooperation Section
Future Education Research Division
Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS)

Jaime Saavedra, Senior Director
Education Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Background:   National educational technology agencies (‘ICT/education agencies’, and their functional equivalents) play important roles in the implementation and oversight of large scale initiatives related to the use of information and communication technologies in education in many countries. That said, until now little has be shared at a global level about the way these organizations operate, how they are structured, and how they typically evolve over time.

By documenting emerging lessons from the histories of various national educational technology agencies, which are typically responsible for similar functions but which can differ radically in form by country and over time, a new World Bank publication aims to help inform decision makers considering how to create and support such an institution, staffing and funding considerations, the forms it might take, what roles it might take on, and how these forms and roles might be expected to evolve.

Come join in a discussion with one of the study's authors, as well as a representative of KERIS, the Korean Education & Research Information Service, an institution that has served as a model for many such organizations around the world. We'll explore general lessons from experiences in Korea and ten other countries, including Malaysia (Smart Schools), England (Becta), Chile (Enlaces), Armenia (NaCET), Uruguay (Plan Ceibal); Indonesia (PUSTEKKOM), Costa Rica (Omar Dengo Foundation), Thailand (Schoolnet Thailand), Australia (EdNA) and the Philippines; as well as provider pointers to experiences in other countries.

In many low and lower middle income countries, such institutions can play an important role in the wider diffusion of ICTs throughout a society in strategically important ways; the speakers will also share information about upcoming effort to support the development of similar agencies in a number of countries, alongside World Bank projects, the next chapter in a long-standing, multi-year strategic partnership between the Bank and the Republic of Korea that has explored a wide range of issues related to the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in education.

Note: This publication was produced with support from the Korea - World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF)

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