Ukraine will be one of the top three countries where Learning Passport, a global online education platform launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Microsoft Corp., will be launched.
The service is designed to overcome the education crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be launched in May, reports the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science.
“A new challenge for the education system is the development of distance education tools and solutions that would be practical and understandable for all teachers and students. We support the launch of the learning passport platform for Ukraine. After all, these are new opportunities for the education of our citizens in quarantine. and after its completion, “said Minister of Education and Science Lyubomir Mandziy.
The Learning Passport platform is the result of a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft and the University of Cambridge. From the start, it was designed for online distance education for refugee and displaced children, and was scheduled to launch in 2020. However, the functionality of the resource has been greatly expanded to help educate children and distance learning youth, which was introduced due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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The content of the platform for Ukrainian children and young people will be available in May 2020. It will include online books, videos and additional support for parents of these children with special educational needs.
“Schools are closing, children isolate themselves, are afraid and anxious – the consequences of this pandemic are affecting children around the world. We need to come together and consider all possible ways to help our children through these difficult times. With our long-standing partners, such as As Microsoft, we can quickly provide innovative and adaptable solutions for children and young people. The adaptation of the Learning Passport platform is a reminder of this that we can achieve for children with our partners at a time of deepening global crisis, “said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Faure.
According to the latest UNESCO data, 1.5 billion pupils and students in 190 countries are suffering from the consequences of school closings. From now on, all countries where the program can be taught at a distance will be able to organize online training for children and young people who have the necessary equipment at home.
For each country, the platform provides online educational resources and additional material in their mother tongue. These materials have been selected by experts to best meet the needs of students and teachers.
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In Ukraine, the learning passport platform will also be used to create an online resource for self-education and non-formal education, including to disseminate social and emotional skills development programs for adolescents. As part of the project, a digital version of the UPSHIFT program will be created, aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of adolescents and young people as agents of social change, as well as offering opportunities to implement their own initiatives on social entrepreneurship.
The platform will also provide access to educational and didactic resources created for all participants in the educational process in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to MES, Learning Passport is part of the Generation Unlimited distance learning partnership, which aims to use technology to meet the challenges faced by students and educational institutions, including in conflict and humanitarian contexts.
Generation Unlimited is a global partnership designed to prepare young people to become active and active citizens. The goal of Generation Unlimited is to get young people between the ages of 10 and 24, in one form or another, to study, train or work.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru