The establishment of the center in the Kingdom of Bahrain was officially announced.
During the 48th International educational conference held in Geneva, the Minister of Education Dr Majid bin Ali Al Nu’aimi briefed the audience on the details of establishing ICT Regional center in Bahrain under UNESCO supervision to give specialized services at the local and regional levels.
During his presentation, the minister said that since the inception of the regular education in Bahrain in 1919, the kingdom has been keen to improve it with the aim of developing its outcomes continually. The Ministry of Education undertakes the major role to upgrade the quality of education through diverse educational programmes and projects mainly the inclusion of HM king Hamad Schools of the Future Project in 2005 with the aim of generalizing e-learning in all state-run schools.
The implementation rate reached 50% by the end of 2008. This shift contributes to provide e-learning service to all students, consolidate relationships with the family and the society and make the learning processes take place inside and outside the school walls with the use of information and communication technology.
Emanating from the kingdom of Bahrain interest in spreading this kind of education in the world, king Hamad-UNESCO Prize was created in coordination with UNESCO to employ (ICT) in education.
This prize is awarded annually at a ceremony, held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
The government and members of Representatives and Shura Councils laud the selection of Bahrain as the ICT Regional Centre.
The Ministers Council, under the chairmanship of HH Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa lauded the selection of Bahrain to be the Headquarter of the UNESCO-affiliated ICT Regional Centre. The council expressed its appreciation of UNESCO member countries’ unanimity to choose Bahrain as a venue for this centre.