UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT)

NBA was contracted by the Commonwealth of Learning and the Commonwealth Secretariat to support the Ministry of Education in Guyana to implement the UNESCO Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT) in that country. As well as creating a national strategy, NBA has developed pre-service and in-service teacher education courses in Technology Literacy and Knowledge Deepening, both of which are aligned to the UNESCO ICT CFT. Rather than rewriting or changing the resources that had been developed, the focus was on creating appropriate learning pathways by collating/joining suitable resources in their current form. The project has now been taken to scale, with NBA having developed similar strategies in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, and Samoa, as well as sharing the courses for implementation in those countries. All of the materials can be accessed at http://ccti.colfinder.org.

In 2013, NBA was contracted by UNESCO to support the development and review of the national ICT strategies of Kenya, Indonesia and Oman for the use of the UNESCO ICT CFT harnessing OER. NBA was also required to support the development of national implementation strategies, including ensuring that other CFT activities being undertaken in those countries are incorporated into the country’s implementation strategy, and to undertake peer review of the course materials, assessment instruments and related tools developed as a component of the national implementation strategies.

NBA is working with UNESCO to support the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT) Network of Champions. In 2017 NBA was contracted by UNESCO to research how the UNESCO ICT CFT had been used by different governments and educational institutions around the world and within different language groups. The following year NBA lead a team of UNESCO-appointed education experts revise and update the framework to reflect recent trends in educational technology. (Access the latest ICT CFT at https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000265721)

NBA also maintains the ICT CFT hub on OER Commons, a repository of openly licenced teacher training materials aligned to the competencies described in the ICT CFT. (See https://www.oercommons.org/hubs/UNESCO). Currently, NBA is coordinating the activities of a community of practice who support the use of the framework and the open licenced materials and provide guidance to governments and educational institutions who show an interest in using the ICT CFT and its resources.