Annual Conference 2017 | Digital, Education and Development. How to be smart about it?


Brussels, 18 May 2017 Annual Conference 2017

Digital technology has enormous potential to improve the quality and reach of education. However, inappropriate mainstreaming of digital technology could be counter-productive when aiming to achieve SDG4 – to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

How can we ensure that digital technology reaches all learners? How can ICT be used to improve the quality of education practices? How can ICT help and support teachers and school leaders to become even more effective educators? How can the education system ensure that young people are taught the necessary skills to function in an increasingly digitalised world? How do we combine investments in “digital technology for education” (D4E) and in “education for a digital world” (E4D)?

These and other questions will be addressed at the 2017 conference, which will take place on 18 May 2017.

The conference will be opened by, followed by a keynote address by Jerome Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer of the Global e-School and Communities Initiative (GeSCI).

Subsequently, a panel of experts will address – from different angles – the central question: how to be smart about digitalisation for it to effectively further SDG4?

In the afternoon, three parallel break-out sessions will respectively focus on

Each topic will be introduced by a guest speaker, and complemented by two short concrete experiences by participants. Presentations will be followed by a discussion.

The conference will be closed by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal services, and Hon. Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education.

***’s annual conference aims to enrich discussion on education and development issues by giving the floor to academics and researchers, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world.***

  • Programme

You can consult the detailed programme and speaker biographies or download the programme in PDF.

Please also check our all presentations or see the illustrations/pictures.

The conference sessions in the plenary hall were also livestreamed through Facebook. You can view them on the Facebook page and they will shortly also be available via a dedicated YouTube channel.