Towards Gender Equality in Education Policies and ICTs
The integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in schools has enabled new methods for teacher training, new pedagogical approaches, new assessment techniques, and new ways to organize courses and schools. ICTs are considered one part of the broader context of educational transformation.
Policies and programs linking ICTs to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, teacher professional development, and school organization and management can transform an entire educational system and guide everyday practices of teachers and school leaders. Furthermore, ICT in Education Policy can connect education transformation to important social and economic development goals, such as promoting gender equity and reducing the gender gap. Gender gaps in education and use of ICT are holding women and girls back from tapping their potential. About two-thirds of illiterate adults in the world are women. An average of almost 25 percent fewer women than men are online in developing countries, and in Sub-Saharan Africa, the average shoots up to 45 percent fewer women than men.
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