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 prizes presented 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 was also attended by Ms Stephanie Giannini, Deputy Director – General for the UNESCO Education Sector, in addition to Ambassador Santiago Irazabal Mourao, President of the General Conference, senior officials of the International Organization, many ambassadors, professional media, researchers and specialists in the fields of information and communication technology, and Bahraini students studying at universities. French.
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.
His Excellency, the Minister reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for the Organization, either through participation in its programs, or in studies implemented in conjunction with it at the level of education, higher education and other fields, with praise for the efforts made by the Director-General was employed. of the Organization in its UNESCO leadership in all circumstances, including what the world has seen as a result of the spread of the Corona Covid-19 pandemic, and the prominent role the organization has played in supporting efforts aimed at to stop education and address the negative phenomena. stemming from that pandemic that 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 accordance with the technological and communication developments observed in the world, and faced with 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, the number of visits made since the beginning of the pandemic in 2019 to date has reached more than 134 million visits from inside and outside the Kingdom, to In addition to broadcasting video lessons through the TV channel, 14 YouTube channels have been allocated to broadcast lessons, including a channel for people with special needs and a channel for technical and vocational training.
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.
After that, Mrs. Inge Molinar and mr. 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 win the honor of winning it.
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 provide automatic feedback on students’ writing, and aims to reduce functional illiteracy in the Portuguese language by students improve their training opportunities and teachers in secondary schools.
– Spain, through the Detective tool developed by the Spanish company (Change Dylexia), designed to detect dyslexia in Spanish speakers within about 15 minutes, and this show also offers relaxation exercises for learners with dyslexia to solve the problems they experience in Overcome writing and reading.
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, through 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 the (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: The Largest Digital Classroom in Africa) presented 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.