The program, which allows young people aged 14-18 to share their views with UNESCO experts, now covers students from 39 schools in 21 countries.
Huawei collaborates with UNESCO on UNESCO Campus Program from June 2021. Topics discussed in each 90-minute session in English or French relate to key UNESCO topics such as education, artificial intelligence, sustainable development, gender equality and citizenship.
Other topics included the relationship between technology and education, new technologies today and tomorrow, and how technology can be used to its advantage. Students particularly welcomed topics relevant to current issues that arose on the global agenda when the pandemic closed its doors to schools in 2020, including changes made to schools that have or do not have technology, and the need for physical schools if everything can be found online.
“We believe that the SDGs and COVIDs are incredible ingredients for innovation,” said Dr Valtensir Mendes, Senior Specialist in the UNESCO Program, on one of the campuses.
Other challenges during on-campus classes were the value of digital skills and new behaviors to prevent cyberbullying, a threat that is growing for many teens in an increasingly digital world dominated by social media and when young people are outside the classroom.
Sharing their experiences and views with expert speakers can raise young people’s awareness not only of how new technologies will affect today and tomorrow, but also of the role that today’s teenagers can play in shaping the future.
In addition to UNESCO experts, other speakers include inspiring people from the organization’s networks, such as NGOs, IHOs and startups, covering a wide range of roles, including academics, researchers and local development project managers.
In line with the goals of the UNESCO campus, Huawei and UNESCO are also collaborating Open schools for all with technology support project, the implementation phase of which was launched in 2021 in Ghana, Egypt and Ethiopia. The three-year project supports the construction of sustainable education systems that can withstand global failures such as COVID-19. In addition to connecting schools, the project provides training for teachers and students in the use of digital tools, the creation of online platforms for linking school and home learning, and the development of digital curricula that can be accessed remotely.
The “Open Schools for All” technology-backed project is aligned with Huawei’s Tech4Education domain of TECH4ALL’s digital inclusion initiative, which aims to improve the equity and quality of technology-driven education as part of TECH4ALL’s main goal: to leave no one behind in the digital world.