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    MCIT Receives 2008 UNESCO Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education

    Date published: 13 November 2008

    Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has named the laureates of the 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education.

    Dr. Hoda Baraka, First Deputy to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, was chosen to receive the Prize for her leadership in the implementation of several national ICT projects in education.

    Winners were selected on the recommendation of an international jury whose meeting this year was held in Bahrain for the first time.

    Baraka’s distinguished achievements that made her qualified for the famed prize include the ICT-In-Education Program: "Toward Ubiquitous Reachability to All Learners," an initiative consisting of an array of exemplary programs designed to provide digital opportunities to Egypt’s citizens; and the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI), which covers over 2,000 schools, 17 public universities and 1,000 information technology clubs.

    The initiative has provided training opportunities to over 64,000 teachers and have trained a further 45,000 teachers and administrators in digital literacy. The national projects aim to promote the use of ICTs to enhance education quality, to fight illiteracy, and to provide quality and equitable education to remote areas, while addressing the needs of gender education.

    The laureates were chosen from among 67 projects from 47 Member States or observers. The Prize was created in 2005 and is placed under the patronage of HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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