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Educators, administrators, tertiary students and a host of other players in the education sector will explore a broad range of issues at Eduvision 2009, at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay St. James, November 23 to 24.

Eduvision 2009, the fourth biennial international conference and exposition on technology in education and training, will focus on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in improving education and training, health, wellness and agriculture.

Participants will also include decision-makers, policy-makers, researchers and academics.

The conference will explore a range of multi-disciplinary approaches that will provide the more than 500 participants with the know-how to work smarter and more efficiently; to network with leading researchers, industry experts and peers; to discuss new dimensions in teaching and training; and to hear local, regional and international presenters on a variety of topics.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Audrey Sewell (right), speaking with Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Tertiary Unit at the Ministry and Eduvision Conference Chair, Philbert Dhyll, at the launch of Eduvision 2009 at the Ministry of Education, Heroes Circle, Kingston Wednesday (November 4).

Addressing the launch of Eduvision 2009, at the Ministry of Education, Heroes’ Circle, Kingston on Wednesday (November 4), Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell, said that information and communication technologies have become engines of social and economic growth, globally.

“Over the past two decades, the development of the ICT sector has transformed lives in Jamaica in many ways, with the introduction and spread in the use of mobile phones, personal computers and the Internet, dramatic expansion in the number and range of telecommunications and broadcast media providers, as well as the growth of applications of ICTs in businesses, schools and homes,” she said.

She also noted that the Vision 2030 Jamaica developmental plan envisions that the ICT sector will play an essential role in the country’s transformation over the next 20 years.

Mrs. Sewell said the Ministry of Education recognises the importance of the conference in seeking to adopt and promote new approaches to ICT, education and training, hence creating a shift in thinking across sectors.

Representatives of the partners for the Eduvision 2009 conference at Wednesday’s (Nov 4) launch at the Ministry of Education are (from left): Chief Executive Officer and Project Manager of e-Learning Jamaica, Avril Crawford; Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Tertiary Unit at the Ministry and Eduvision Conference Chair, Philbert Dhyll; Advisor for Communication and Information in the UNESCO Kingston office, Isidro Fernandez-Aballi; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Audrey Sewell; Senior Lecturer/Former Head of the Institute of Education, Dr. Halden Morris; and Director of Projects and Partnerships at the HEART Trust/ NTA, Elizabeth Terry.

Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Tertiary Unit at the Ministry, and Eduvision Conference Chair, Philbert Dhyll, said that the forum recognises the fact that traditional approaches to education are becoming obsolete.

“The decision to host an international conference was to ensure that educators, technology professionals and practitioners keep abreast of trends and innovations in the fields of education, training and technology in education,” he stated.

The conference, which is being staged under the theme ‘Technology in Education and Training for Development Goals’, is being hosted by the Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Institute of Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), the Department of Information and Communication, e-Learning Jamaica and ICT4D Jamaica.

Eduvision 2009 will cover areas such as: ICT in education and training and professional development; technology in health and wellness culture; technology for food security and economic development, with a wide array of sub-topics.

The conference has been endorsed by Senior Lecturer/Former Head of the Institute of Education, Dr. Halden Morris; President of the JTA, Michael Stewart; Director of Technology, Department of Information and Telecommunications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Gary Campbell; Chief Executive Officer and Project Manager of e-Learning Jamaica, Avril Crawford; Programme and Information Network Co-ordinator of ICT4D Jamaica, Melody Palmer; and Advisor for Communication and Information in UNESCO’s Kingston office, Isidro Fernandez-Aballi.

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