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To enhance the reach and quality of teaching and learning through the effective use of ICTs, policy makers need to be aware of how to best utilize ICTs to create value-add for their country’s education system. A supportive policy environment and framework, developed at the national level is key to the successful integration of ICTs into any education system.

This document is a compilation of available worldwide ICT4E policies and plans, at both a national and Ministry of Education level (where available).

What are ICT Policies?

“Policy is a set of principles or a broad course of action that guides the behaviour of governments, organizations, corporations and individuals. It bridges the gap between the vision of where we want to be and the plans that enable us to get there. For governments, policy is a tool to promote national vision and the basis for the legislation and regulation through which it is implemented.

National ICT policy exploits information and communication technologies to further national economic and social goals. It matches the economic and social environment in which it is to be implemented. ICT policies differ from country to country depending upon national priorities, the country’s level of development, the extent of ICT infrastructure, geography and demographics and the extent of regional integration. Some common principles guide all good ICT policy.”

Excerpt from “WHAT IS ICT POLICY” by Kate Wild, APC  http://old.apc.org/english/capacity/policy/mmtk_ictpol_intro_handout.doc

What are ICT4E policies?

“The provision of technology alone will not optimally harness the potential of ICTs to improve access, student achievement and the transformation of teaching and learning. To take full advantage of the different technologies and to direct their maximum use for the benefit of all students, there needs to be a clear framework which sets the scene and provides the enabling environment for technologies to be integrated, deployed and used to their fullest potential. The ICT in Education Policy can provide such a framework.”

Excerpt from GeSCI’s ICT & the Third Revolution in Education Policy by Patti Swarts

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Global e-School and Communities Initiative, GeSCI - http://www.gesci.org

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