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Study group of “ICT in Education: preventing early school leaving through the use of ICT” project visits Azerbaijan

09.05.2013
On 6-8 May 2013, within the framework of “ICT in Education: preventing early school leaving through the use of ICT” project, representatives of European Trade Union Committee for Education and participant countries visited Azerbaijan. During the visit, the group implemented studies in Azerbaijan Teachers Institute, Schools No. 20 and 220 located in Baku. Studies involved the level of ICT use in education.

Director of European Trade Union Committee for Education and project coordinator Martin Romer, experts from Denmark and Russia participated in studies. To note, the project is implemented by European Trade Union Committee for Education with financial support from European Commission. European countries including Russia, Denmark, Portugal, Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia participate in the “ICT in Education; preventing early school leaving through the use of ICT” project.

The main objectives of the project are: to study the role of ICT in educational institutions for motivating and re-attracting  education employees and students to the education, to clarify how ICT  facilities and ICT based innovative trainings can assist to motivate and re-attract  people to the education during threat of avoidance of formal education, pay special attention to teachers` skills and competences in ICT, gender perspectives, to study use of ICT by teachers from pedagogical point of view. Besides, the project objectives also include consideration of the transformation of specified best practices among the countries, make contributions to the work of the teachers’ unions in various European countries in ICT use in Education and adoption of the best methodical examples relevant to their national and cultural educational backgrounds, and provide for directives on ICT use in education to ensure sustainability of the project outcomes.

The project officially started in December, 2012. Studies will last 30 months. Currently, members of the project continue their studies on ICT in education in seven countries.

During studies and meetings held in the educational institutions, the project participants met with their leadership, students and teachers, exchanged views and collected data about pedagogical use of ICT  in the institutions. They also observed lessons in computer centers and classrooms with electronic boards.