Hundreds of teachers across the Pacific participate in free professional development
Boston — Nov. 19, 2020 — On November 6th VHS Learning, in association with UNESCO Pacific, presented a free one-hour webinar on “Best Practices in Distance Education” to educators in the Pacific States. The webinar introduced secondary and high school teachers to best practices in online and blended teaching. Attendees also examined practical classroom strategies to enhance student learning and continuity of learning.
“On behalf of UNESCO Pacific, the UN-India Partnership Fund, and The Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative, I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation and acknowledgement to VHS Learning for hosting and facilitating the webinar,” said UNESCO Education Specialist Peter Kenny who hosted the event. “We had over 200 registrations, and over 130 teachers were participating from a single conference room in the Marshall Islands. I am hopeful this was replicated in a few centers across the Pacific.”
The webinar was part of the “ICT In Education” series that UNESCO has been producing. It was funded by Global Partnership for Education (GPE) financial resources designated for COVID-19. This GPE funding is a joint effort by UNICEF, UNESCO and World Bank, and part of of the funding is allotted for building a virtual school for students in the Pacific.
“VHS Learning was generous in providing their expertise from their 25 years providing best in class online education while supporting education access and continuity of learning,” continued Kenny. “Blended and distance learning are truly the most effective mediums to provide continuity of learning for students and is particularly crucial across the Pacific where isolation, natural disasters, the pandemic, and limited resources all make access to quality education a challenge. We’ve reached out to Global Coalition for Education so that VHS Learning can join this critical coalition of partners in supporting access to quality education.”
“We are delighted to be part of this incredible initiative to support remote learning, especially during these times when school closures due to COVID-19 have intensified the need,” said Carol DeFuria, President & CEO of VHS Learning. “We were really impressed by the response from educators in the Pacific – most registrations are one-for-one, and I don’t think we’ve ever had a webinar registrant turn out to be a conference hall full of people before, which was exciting. In the future we are looking forward to contributing even more to support learning through UNESCO and the Global Coalition for Education.”
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.
About VHS Learning (VHS, Inc.)
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