Under the auspices of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Great Land, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, held a ceremony held to award. the UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the use of information and communication technologies in the field of education, at the organization’s headquarters in Paris, where His Majesty dr. Education Minister Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi has delegated to attend. ceremony and presented prizes to the winning countries during the eleventh and twelfth sessions, and to the two winning countries in the current thirteenth session, after the celebration was postponed due to the conditions of the Covid pandemic 19. The ceremony also witnessed the presence of Stephanie Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, in addition to Ambassador Santiago Irzabal Mourao, President of the General Conference, senior officials of the International Organization, many ambassadors, media professionals, researchers and specialists in the field of information and communication technology , and Bahraini students studying at French universities.
In her speech on the occasion of the award ceremony, the Assistant Director-General of the Education Sector at UNESCO praised this award, which rewards initiatives for the use of information and communication technology in the field of education, and today it has an educational reference that keeps pace with the times as it has achieved great success and become very popular.
After that, dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education, delivered the speech of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in which he conveyed the greetings and congratulations of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Great King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the greetings of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the Arbitration Committee of the award, its administrators, and the winners of their leading initiatives that achieve the goals of this prestigious organization, and note the consistency between it and the global developments in education and training, and the celebration of initiatives aimed at providing educational services in the different circumstances facing the world.
The Minister reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for the organization, either through participation in its programs, or in studies conducted in collaboration with it at the level of education, higher education and other fields, and the efforts made by the Director- general of the organization in her leadership of UNESCO in all circumstances, including what the world has seen as a result of the spread of the virus. The Corona Covid-19 pandemic, and the prominent role the organization has played in supporting efforts aimed at stopping education, and addressing the negative phenomena arising from that pandemic that has swept the world.
His Excellency the Minister indicated that the UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technology in the Field of Education has become one of the leading awards honoring pioneering initiatives by the titles it annually awards , in line with the developments in technology and communication that the world is witnessing, and which are facing any circumstances that may arise, subject to learning.
In his speech, the Minister reviewed the efforts made by the Kingdom of Bahrain to continue education during the pandemic, as the Ministry of Education provided its educational services through the educational portal, which since the beginning of the pandemic more if had 134 million visits. in 2019 to date, along with the broadcasting of video lessons through the TV channel, and the allocation of 14 YouTube channels to broadcast lessons, including a channel for people with special needs and a channel for technical and vocational education.
Then a film was shown about the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain to continue learning despite the conditions of the pandemic, then the members of the Student Orchestra in the Kingdom of Bahrain presented local and international pieces of music.
Thereafter, Inge Molinar and Ibrahima Gemma Saigo, President of the International Jury, gave two speeches in which they praised this international award, and the benefit the world derives from it, and the demand it experiences to gain the honor of winning it. , revised. .
His Excellency then presented the award to the winners of the eleventh session to the Minister of Education, Deputy Sponsor of the ceremony, and the Assistant Director-General of the Education Sector at UNESCO, who were awarded initiatives related to the use of artificial intelligence. for innovation in education, training and learning, namely:
Brazil, through the “Letrus” writing skills program developed by the Brazilian company “Letrus”, which relies on artificial intelligence to automatically provide feedback on the composition written by students, and seeks to reduce functional illiteracy in the Portuguese language by improving the training opportunities available to students and teachers in secondary schools.
Spain, through the Detective tool developed by the Spanish company (Change Dylexia), is designed to detect dyslexia in Spanish speakers within about 15 minutes, and this performance also provides relaxation exercises for learners with dyslexia to solve their writing and reading problems. to overcome.
The award was also given to the winners of the twelfth cycle, which were awarded to initiatives related to the use of artificial intelligence to improve the continuity and quality of learning, namely:
Finland, with the ViLLE platform developed by the Center for Learning Analysis at the University of Turku in Finland, which offers a customized set of exercises based on student performance and provides teachers with detailed reports on their students’ progress.
China, through a (university student per town) scheme that uses artificial intelligence to provide learners from rural and remote areas with quality educational opportunities.
During the ceremony, the award was also presented to the winners of the current thirteenth session, which was awarded to initiatives related to the use of technology in order to provide comprehensive and resilient learning systems in the face of crises, namely:
India, by (Initiatives for Inclusive Education for All) provided by the Central Institute of Educational Technology of the National Council for Educational Research and Training.
Tanzania, through the project (Obongo: Africa’s Largest Digital Classroom) provided by the Ubongo Foundation.
Thereafter, each prize winner gave a short presentation of his initiatives. The Minister then handed over a souvenir to the Director-General of UNESCO.