His Majesty King Hamad delegated Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed to attend the award ceremony of the ninth Unesco-King Hamad Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education.
Unesco and the Education Ministry organised the event at the Unesco premises in Paris, in the presence of Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, Unesco director general Audrey Azoulay, Unesco senior officials, diplomats, journalists, researchers, ICT specialists and Bahraini students studying at French universities.
Ms Azoulay, in her speech, praised the royal initiative to launch the prize that meets Unesco’s goals to disseminate education for all, welcoming the Education Ministry’s co-operation in various fields.
Dr Al Nuaimi conveyed greetings and congratulations of the King to the prize winners. He highlighted Bahrain’s successes in the field of e-learning and the significance of the prize and its role in transferring educational experiences across the world.
The Deputy Premier, the Unesco director general and the Education Minister honoured the winning initiatives which include the National Programme for the Dissemination of ICT for Education, a long-term national programme launched by Morocco in 2005.
It was implemented by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training; Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Professional Training, which has contributed to an increase in the rate of education to 95 per cent.
The second winner is the Distance Learning Initiative, set out by India’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences that aims to provide ICT services to enhance opportunities for students in poor communities to access secondary and higher education in India.
The Deputy Premier said the prize has earned global recognition, saying it is a humanitarian initiative to award projects that serve education through the employment of technology.
He also lauded the Education Ministry and Unesco’s organisational effort that reflected the development seen by the educational sector under the royal leadership.