Empowerment of Displaced People through Online Education Services

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

During the workshop to speakers and the audience there were proposed several key questions connected to educational services:
- Who should support the development and implementation of educational services (international organizations/ governments/ organization, employing migrants)?
- Who will control the content and quality of educational programs?
- The principles of service integration with the existing educational system
- The availability of educational services

There were made presentations about current situation with refugees, displaced people and migrants, in general terms vulnerable people.
Speakers answered questions and agreed that in terms of financial part there should be multistakeholder approach and actually students(users of those services) should also contribute which mean they would value what they get. For the displaced people case there should be international organization which should finance their educational activities.
They emphasized the importance of long-term education programmes for refugees and displaced people, since in fact this status may last long period.
In terms of content control and quality measurement it was proposed to continue integration with traditional accreditation system for the content control and quality measurement.
The role of private sector, with regard to social responsibility and the right to fare education for migrants and displaced people, as well as vulnerable people was underlined.
It was also mentioned that in Africa there are places which are not covered with the Internet which means we can’t introduce any online services for the displaced people as well as for the citizens. There were also described e-services and new initiative on e-citizenship (transparent way to offer services for residents and non-residents) on the example of Estonia. TThere was described an initiative, the European Observatory on vulnerable people in the Information society, which is about to be alunched by the Government of Portugal, the civil society organisation TaC-Together against Cybercrime International and the City of Strasbourg. The European Observatory on Vulnerable People in the Information Society - will facilitate the integration of the most fragile groups of European citizens into the decision-making processes in the Information Society and policies related to the Internet and ICT’s that will stimulate their participation in the sustainable human and economic development of the EU countries.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

As the conclusions from the workshop it was proposed to collect best practices in the area of education especially for displaced people, refugees and migrants. Participants also agreed that the role of local authority is very important for the implementation of the ICT strategies for the development and implementation of educational tools and online education programs. Educational services and courses are major part of the empowerment displaced people as it helps them to adapt under new conditions and most of the people became displaced because they wanted to protect their children which means that children got out of schools and universities.
Speakers answered questions and agreed that in terms of financial part there should be multistakeholder approach and actually students(users of those services) should also contribute which mean they would value what they get. For the displaced people case there should be international organization which should finance their educational activities. In terms of content control and quality measurement it was proposed to continue integration with traditional accreditation system for the content control and quality measurement. There is also need of capacity building and educational initiatives in the field of safe and responsible use of the ICTs for migrants and displaced people. Multistakeholder dialogue on the topic of empowerment displaced people through educational services should be continued at the next IGF.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop

35

Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

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Reported by

Dr. Mikhail Komarov