UNESCO MGIEP launches Digital Learning Guidelines

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. Photo credit: @DrRPNishank

Paris (NVI): On occasion of the 40th UNESCO General Conference, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal launched the first of its kind ‘Industry Guidelines on Digital Learning (discussion draft)’ at the Ministerial Roundtable on ‘Media and Information Literacy and Games in the Digital World’ here.

The draft guidelines were developed to help build digital learning solutions that promote active learning and build 21st century skills, including social and emotional skills.

In order to keep pace with rapidly changing societal and economic needs, the draft guidelines serve as a working document and invite feedback from relevant stakeholders, a statement said.

The draft guidelines were developed by UNESCO MGIEP, based in New Delhi, responding to the Vizag Declaration on digital learning adopted at TECH 2018, an international conference co-organised by UNESCO MGIEP and Andhra Pradesh government.

Building on the neuro-sciences of learning, which shows that parts of the brain can be ‘wired’ or ‘trained’ in intellectual as well as emotional intelligence, the Institute promotes the whole-brain approach to learning and harnesses the power of digital technologies to enable innovative pedagogies.

Speaking about the launch, MGIEP Director Dr Anantha Duraiappah said, “We’re proud to say that MGIEP is India’s contribution to transforming the educational landscape globally, with key work areas including digital pedagogies for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for K-12. Samsung and MGIEP are working on a research study called MyDream to enhance learning outcomes for middle school students in India and to study how their curriculum stress can be reduced.

The Games Bar we have set up with Samsung at the General Conference aims to exploit the unique potential that games have to educate, stimulate critical thinking, and promote tolerance, dialogue and peace.”

Under the MyDream project, UNESCO MGIEP and Samsung are conducting a two-year research study at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools across India

The Roundtable was jointly organised by the Governments of Finland and India, in partnership with UNESCO Headquarters and UNESCO’s category 1 institute, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).

During the UNESCO General Conference, UNESCO and UNESCO MGIEP, in partnership with Samsung and other partners, are setting up a “Games Bar” at the UNESCO Headquarters from November 12th to 22nd.