Policy Making Invited Speech


Professor Mohamed Jemni

Director of ICT, Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Tunisia

"Promoting the effective use of ICT for enhancing education in the Arab World"

The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) has, as its primary responsibility, the promotion and co-ordination of educational, cultural and scientific activities for Arab countries. In this perspective, a "Plan for the Development of Education in the Arab Countries" (2008-2018) is being implemented by ALECSO. The implementation plan aims at systematically developing the Arab educational system. One of its fundamental dimensions, to be taken into consideration for Educational Improvement, deals with the effective use of ICTs in education to enhance learning/teaching practices. In this talk, we will explore a set of ongoing strategic ICT projects aiming to contribute in the innovation and the development of the educational Arab system: Promoting Open Educational Resources (OERs) for K-12 education in Arab countries, Creating MOOCs for Arabic language learning for native and non-native speakers, Promoting cloud computing technologies for education and research in the Arab world, and the ALECSO Apps store for promoting educational mobile content and apps.
Professor Mohamed Jemni is the Director of ICT Sector at the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). He is a Professor of Computer Science and Educational Technologies and the Head of the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication & Electrical Engineering (LaTICE) at the University of Tunis, Tunisia.  He has been the General Chair of the Computing Center El Khawarizmi, the Internet services provider for the sector of higher education and scientific research in Tunisia from 2008 to 2013. He is a Senior Member IEEE and Member of the Executive Board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology and the New Initiative Chair. His research projects involvements during the past 24 years are in tools and environments of e-learning, high performance and grid computing and accessibility of information and communication technologies to people with disabilities. He published more than 200 papers in international journals and conferences. Prof. Jemni and his laboratory have received several awards, including the Silver medal of the International Fair of Inventions in Kuwait 2007, the UNESCO Prize 2008 for the e-learning curriculum they developed for visually impaired, President's Award for the integration of persons with disabilities 2009 and the "World Summit Award (WSA) - Mobile 2010" in the field of social inclusion. Recently, Prof. Jemni received the International Telecommunication Union Award: “ICT Innovation application challenge” during the WSIS Forum in Geneva in May 2013. He has launched many initiatives to promote ICT accessibility in the Arab region including the project of WCAG2.0 translation to Arabic (http://www.alecso.org/wcag2.0) to promote accessibility of Arabic Web Content and the 2009 initiative for using ICT to develop Arab Sign language (www.icta.rnu.tn/asl/).