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10 September 2017 - The Literacy Movement Organization of Iran launches new Educational Mobile Application

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On 10 September 2017, the Literacy Movement Organization (LMO), UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company jointly launched a new educational mobile application Healthy Family, on the occasion of the 2017 International Literacy Day with the theme of ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

The application is based on the booklet “The Healthy Family”, which was co-developed and published in 2016 by LMO, UNESCO and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company. The booklet was widely disseminated to adult learners enrolled in literacy classes.

Inspired by the success of the booklet, LMO decided to partner once again with UNESCO and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company to develop an innovative and free-of-charge mobile application in an effort to reach more learners.

The e-learning software is the first interactive educational mobile application on family health in Iran. It targets low-literate and semi-literate learners and promotes health, nutrition, and water saving. With the ability to run on iOS, and Android devices, the application is downloadable on mobile phones and tablets. The application is expected to be used by literacy learners enrolled in classes at Community Learning Centres (CLCs) across the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The mobile application was formally unveiled by Dr. Ali Bagherzadeh, Vice-Minister of Education and Head of LMO, Dr. Nasiri Gheydari, Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and Mr. François-Xavier Moreau, Managing Director of Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company at the International Literacy Day celebration, organized by LMO.

The event was attended by a wide range of high-level government officials, including Dr. Mohammad Bathaei, Minister of Education; and Dr. Ali Rabiei, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare; as well as representatives from other Ministries, UN agencies and NGOs active in Education.

Dr. Bagherzadeh formally opened the meeting by explaining that fifty-two years ago, the World Congress of Ministers of Education took place in Tehran and pledged the eradication of illiteracy. He stressed that today, it was important to harness the full potential of new technologies to further enhance teaching and learning. In this regard, he thanked both UNESCO and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company for their support in developing the mobile application.

Ms. Kuisch Laroche, UNESCO Representative, expressed the hope that the use of mobile applications would contribute to making literacy education even more accessible, equitable and flexible in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mr. François-Xavier Moreau, Managing Director of Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company welcomed Bel’s partnership with UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and said: “Last year, the launch of the Healthy Family booklet proved what can be achieved when we all join forces in both public and private sectors to enrich individuals’ lives, and create opportunities for our community to develop skills, fight against malnutrition, poverty and illiteracy in general. I was very impressed and proud when I received the report of deployment of the Healthy Family booklet to learn that over the past few months, we have been able to touch over 30,000 learners and make a positive contribution to their nutritional habits, which is critical for the health of individuals and their families. And today, together we are taking a step further. As society and technology change, so does literacy.”

UNESCO and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company both reiterated their continued support to the Ministry of Education in its efforts to expand literacy and adult education in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

 

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10 September 2017 - Iran celebrates International Literacy Day

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On 10 September 2017, the Literacy Movement Organization (LMO), under the Iranian Ministry of Education, and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a national meeting to celebrate International Literacy Day (ILD) under the theme of “Literacy in a Digital World”. The celebration was hosted by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Tehran.

The event was attended by a wide range of high-level government officials, including Dr. Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers; Dr. Mohammad Bathaei, Minister of Education; Dr. Ali Rabiei, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare; and Dr. Ali Bagherzadeh, Vice-Minister of Education and Head of LMO. 

Dr. Bagherzadeh formally opened the meeting by explaining that fifty-two years ago, the World Congress of Ministers of Education took place in Tehran and pledged the eradication of illiteracy.

He continued by providing an overview of LMO’s activities over the past five years, highlighting pilot projects using mobile technology for adult literacy learners; the release of the Healthy Family Booklet, which was developed jointly with UNESCO to strengthen nutrition learning amongst low-literate families; and ICDL programmes for literacy learners at second grade level.

“There is a need for new ICT tools to be employed in teaching and learning, but we should keep in mind that acceptance of technology by learners might take some time”, said Dr. Bagherzadeh.

Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office mentioned that September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by UNESCO at the 14th session of its General Conference in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. 

“This year’s theme was selected to allow us to reflect on what it means to be literate in increasingly digitally-mediated societies; to explore effective policies and programmes for literacy skills development in a digital world; and to explore how digital technologies can help ensure that by 2030, all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche. “Today digital technologies - including the Internet, mobile phones, and all the other tools to manage information digitally - are fundamentally changing the way people live and work, learn, and socialize. It is important for us to understand what kinds and levels of literacy skills are required in an increasingly digital world and how such skills could be related to a broader set of knowledge, skills, and competencies required in the digital world.”

The newly appointed Minister of Education, Dr. Bathaei discussed a variety of topics, including issues related to the curriculum, the importance of participatory governance in Education, and moving from traditional methods of education to new and innovative ones. “The theme of literacy in a digital world emphasizes the importance of proper use of ICT in basic education” said the Minister.  

In keeping with the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, LMO unveiled a new educational mobile application called “Healthy Family”, which was developed jointly by LMO, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, and Bel Rouzaneh Dairy Company.

In 2016, UNESCO, LMO and Bel Rouzaneh Dairy Company had already joined hands and developed the “Healthy Family Booklet”, which was designed to engage adult literacy learners and offer practical lessons on nutrition and water consumption. Inspired by the success of the booklet, UNESCO once again partnered with LMO and Bel Rouzaneh Dairy Company to develop an innovative and free-of-charge mobile application in an effort to reach more learners, both in formal and non-formal education.

The application features a seamless mix of visually engaging animation, together with video, text and audio. Built-in quizzes and exercises will enable LMO to monitor the learning outcomes of users. The data analytics produced by the application will not only assist LMO in the area of monitoring and evaluation, but in the longer term, this data will also be meaningful in suggesting improvements to the process and developing more advanced mobile applications targeting literacy learners.

For more information about ILD celebrations around the world, please see: http://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all 

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3 September 2017 - UNESCO Concludes Two-Day Training Workshop on Crisis Management at Museums

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The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the National Iranian Council for Museums (ICOM), organized a training workshop on Crisis Management at Museums on 30-31 August 2017.

The two-day workshop took place in Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tehran, and brought together museum managers, heritage site managers, and cultural experts from Afghanistan and Iran.

“For years, museums have been confronted with illegal trading, dispersal, looting, inadequate funding or housing, and natural disasters”, said Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. “Entire regions are plundered to supply the illegal trade in cultural objects, which is the third largest in the world after drugs and arms trafficking”.

The UNESCO Representative continued to say that in addition to those threats, museums in many countries with armed conflict, were now also subject to deliberate attacks. She referred to the bombings at the Museums of Kabul and Baghdad in recent years.

“For some, it might seem quite surprising to focus on culture, given the horrors of war. Yet these attacks on cultural heritage have lasting consequences on the social cohesion and identity of the peoples concerned long after peace is restored”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche.

The training workshop focused on different types of natural and man-made disasters which might affect museum collections and focused on risk assessments, and interventions that could be undertaken before, during and after crises to protect museum collections.

Dr. Mohit Tabatabaei, Head of ICOM in Iran, talked about how Iran had managed to preserve its cultural properties and museum collections during the years of the war.

Dr. Mohammad Hasan Talebian, Cultural Heritage Deputy of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), thanked the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office for its ongoing efforts to increase the capacity of museum managers and heritage site managers in Iran.

The workshop was facilitated by French expert, Mr. Roch Payet, and included practical group exercises on risk assessments at selected museums in Tehran.

Mr. Payet focused on preventive conservation and the importance of proper documentation and inventories at museums, in order to be prepared to manage disasters and crises.

For more information about UNESCO’s work to protect and promote museum collections, please see: http://en.unesco.org/themes/museums

 

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3 September 2017 - UNESCO Joined Second Meeting of UNIMA’s Heritage Commission

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UNIMA Iran held the second meeting of UNIMA’s Heritage Commission in Tehran's City Theater Complex, on 2-3 September 2017.

UNIMA is a non-governmental organization affiliated with UNESCO. UNIMA was entrusted by UNESCO with the assessment of the dossiers about the classification of master pieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity concerning puppetry.

The two-day meeting was opened by welcoming remarks of Dr. Hamid Reza Ardalan, Member of UNIMA’s Executive Committee and President of the Heritage Commission of UNIMA.

The opening continued by remarks of Ms Mahta Mohegh, Programme Assistant for Culture of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, who emphasized UNESCO's role to protect, preserve and safeguard cultural heritage around the world. She mentioned that cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes all the traditions or living expressions, inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

“Puppetry and the art of puppet-making are major elements of intangible cultural heritage in communities around the world. Puppet theatre for communities is not only a popular form of traditional entertainment, and often an integral part of traditional rituals and festive events, but it is also often a way of conveying a vision of the world, and an educational tool with messages on moral values”, said Ms Mohegh.

Members of the UNIMA Heritage Committee from Brussels, Canada and the Netherlands made presentations about puppetry techniques and figures.

During the meeting the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry was also introduced.

The meeting was attended by national experts from the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and several puppetry museums.

For more information about UNIMA please see:

https://www.unima.org/

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30 August 2017 - CHANGE OF DATE: Ethics Teachers’ Training Course in Karaj, Iran, organized by UNESCO and University of Environment

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For the first time in Iran, from 28 October to 3 November 2017, the Ethics Teachers’ Training Course will be delivered jointly by UNESCO and the University of Environment, to advance quality ethics education by building professional capacities of ethics teachers in the country and the wider region.

The Course will be based on one week training module developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the global experts in ethics education. The module contains the following key components:

  • Global Perspective on Ethics Teaching: trends, challenges and opportunities
  • The UNESCO Core Curriculum as a tool for promoting quality ethics education
  • Ethics Teaching in Action: what and how to teach (a model lesson)
  • Ethics teaching and inter-faith dialogue: Sharing experiences in ethics teaching in different religious contexts
  • Classroom communication: pedagogy and psychology of ethics teaching
  • Simulated teaching presentations by participants followed by feedback from the Course instructors

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submitting the filled out application is 1 September 2017. Please send the completed application form, also available from the dedicated UNESCO website, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Ethics Teaching Training Courses is conducted by a team of experts with extensive experience in ethics education and cooperation with UNESCO. 

PARTICIPANTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Due to the interactive nature of the course, the number of participants is limited to 30 persons. The decisions concerning admission to the course will be made on the bases of the following criteria:

  • Masters or higher degree (in areas such as law, medicine, philosophy, ethics, and social sciences);
  • University affiliation (teaching experience or plans to engage in teaching);
  • Good command of the language of instruction (English).
  • Content of the motivation letter (minimum of 600 words), stating the applicant’s reasons for participating in the course and expectations concerning the use of the acquired knowledge.

FUNDING 

There is no tuition fee for participating in ETTC. However, the participants are expected to cover the charges related to their travel to the venue and their accommodation.  Lunch and coffee/tee breaks will be provided during the training.

READING MATERIALS

The core reading materials for ETTC participants are available free of charge from UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/bioethics): 

  • Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.
  • Bioethics Core Curriculum, Section 1: Syllabus. Ethics Education Programme, UNESCO, 2008.
  • Bioethics Core Curriculum, Section 2: Study materials. Ethics Education programme, UNESCO, 2011.
  • Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights, Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series, No. 1, UNESCO, 2011
  • Casebook on Benefit and Harm, Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series, No. 2, UNESCO, 2011

The UNESCO web site provides links to other relevant publications as well. The list of reading materials will be circulated to the selected participants in advance of the course.

PREPARATION

The Course Instructors will assume that each participant has obtained and studied the reading materials ahead of the commencement of the course.

Each participant will also be expected to prepare a “teaching class,” which will receive feedback and evaluation from the experts. Participants can select a topic in ethics according to their own interest and expertise, and prepare a 10 minute teaching session, to give a short demonstration of ethics teaching.

The audience of this presentation will be the group of fellow participants as well as the instructors. The instructors will provide immediate constructive feedback and suggestions.

CONTACTS

For additional information, please contact Sue Vize, Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO bangkok (s.vize(at)unesco.org) 

 

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29 August 2017 - UNESCO and the Archives and National Library of Iran organize regional meeting

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29 August 2017 – This morning, a regional meeting on “Enhancing Cooperation for the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage” was opened in Tehran. The two-day event, organized by UNESCO, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and the Archives and National Library of Iran, brings together participants from Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The aim of the meeting is to discuss regional cooperation for the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage through UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

The Memory of the World Program was established in 1992 to preserve, protect and allow access to, all the world’s documentary heritage of most outstanding universal value.

Dr. Ashraf Boroujerdi, Head of the Archives and National Library of Iran, opened the regional meeting by welcoming the international guests and highlighting the importance of safeguarding audio-visual heritage. She talked about Iran’s nine documents inscribed on the Memory of the World Register, including Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik – one of the most important geographical books from the 4th century. This item was submitted jointly by Iran and Germany, as an excellent example of global cooperation.

“The Memory of the World Register is not just a list of marvelous documents. It is a vision for peace, embodied in maps, books, photos, films and manuscripts, with the power to change the minds of men and women, to shape a different future for all. The Memory of the World express the great humanist idea that people from all cultures and faiths can unite around common heritage”, said UNESCO Representative, Ms. Kuisch Laroche in her opening remarks. “Extraordinary documentary heritage allows us to renew our understanding, respect and admiration for other cultures. When documentary heritage is destroyed anywhere in the world, we are all diminished.”

Ms. Kuisch Laroche highlighted the importance of regional cooperation for the safeguarding of heritage, at a time when looting, illegal trading, deliberate destruction, inadequate housing and lack of funds, are seriously threatening documentary heritage in many countries.

“Instead of distorting our heritage in endless disputes about what belongs to who, about which heritage is the greatest, the biggest, the oldest…we choose to unite for heritage, because the Memory of the World Programme is not about creating divisions. It is about building common ground. It is not a contest, nor a political dispute. It is a place for expertise and the highest standards of excellence; a platform for dialogue and mutual understanding”, said the UNESCO Representative.

Dr. Nasiri, Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, talked about UNESCO’s Recommendations Concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form, which marked a milestone in UNESCO’s work towards the preservation of documentary heritage.

After the opening speeches, Professor Arid Noshahi from Pakistan, made a presentation about common Persian written heritage in Pakistan. This was followed by presentations by all other participating countries on the challenges and opportunities for preservation and access to documentary heritage.

The meeting will continue until the afternoon of 30 August and conclude with a visit to the museum of the National Library.

For more information about UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, please see: http://en.unesco.org/programme/mow

 

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