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Qingdao Initiative-- International Conference on ICT in Education

Source: cdpf.org.cn Updated: 2016-06-27
Qingdao Initiative

  International Conference on ICT in Education

Promote ICT in Education for Persons with Disabilities

  23 June 2016

  Qingdao City, the People’s Republic of China


We, representatives of UNESCO, government officials, and members of academia, civil society and the private sector, have gathered at the ICT and Special Education Session of the International Conference on ICT in Education on 23 June 2016 in Qingdao, the People’s Republic of China, to affirm our collective understanding that the information and communication technology (ICT) is promoting the innovation of education for persons with disabilities.

ICT in education is essential for overcoming difficulty of special education, accelerating the development of education for persons with disabilities to keep up with the global education development, achieving the goal of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning by 2030. At the same time, we realize that, compared with general education, the integration of ICT in education for persons with disabilities, as well as their fair access to ICT services are facing many difficulties and challenges, which are in dire need of common concerns.

We reaffirm the aim of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and the importance of a set of principles established by Qingdao Declaration adopted at International Conference On ICT and Post-2015 Education in 2015. We deeply understand the key roles that ICT increasingly plays in promoting reform on special education and assisting persons with disabilities to adapt themselves to the knowledge society and the information age. We stress persons with disabilities’ rights to have equitable access to the latest ICT. In view of this, we propose the following initiative:

  1.We respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by ICT to education for persons with disabilities. Promote policy-makers to change their notion. We take the in-depth integration of the ICT and educational development as a basic public policy of the education for persons with disabilities.

  2. We build inclusive digital learning environment to ensure that accessible public education resources, facilities and services are provided for persons with disabilities. Priority should be given to the digital learning environment of education institutions for persons with disabilities.

  3. We stress the ICT skills and literacy of persons with disabilities. We support the renovation and innovation of learning materials and tools for persons with disabilities through ICT. We attach great importance to the research and development of intelligent tools of education management for persons with disabilities with big data. We promote the barrier- free integration of ICT and education for persons with disabilities, and the human-friendly and personalized management in education.

  4. We give priority to persons with disabilities in impoverished and remote region, persons with visual and hearing impairments, persons with severe and multiple disabilities to ensure their access to digital devices and to promote equity in education for persons with disabilities.

  5. We develop online education quality indicators for persons with disabilities, improve online education accreditation measures, and enhance the credibility of online education and social recognition. Among them, we pay particular attention to the quality improvement and certification of online degree education, in-service training and after-class tutoring.

  6. We strengthen teacher training for the education for persons with disabilities in ICT environment, improve teachers’ practice and innovation based on ICT in education.

  7. Enhance the government's responsibility to establish a mechanism for cooperation among government, enterprises, organizations for persons with disabilities and civil societies. We call for international and regional organizations to increase investment in ICT in education for persons with disabilities.

  8. We establish a international fund and a global database to support the development of ICT in education for persons with disabilities in developing countries by enhancing international cooperation.

To fulfill the above commitments, we propose to hold a biennial global conference on the theme of ICT in education for persons with disabilities to seek consensus, share experiences, explore approach for the development of ICT in education for persons with disabilities.

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