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 were addressed at the 2017 conference in Brussels.




Welcome & Introduction
Luc Ameye, APEFE


Keynote address

Jerome Morrissey
Jerome Morrissey
Chief Executive Officer, GeSCI – Global e-Schools and Communities’ Initiative

Coffee Break


Panel discussion - Digital, education and development. How to be smart about it?

Moderator: Koen Van Acoleyen, DGD

Nivi Sharma
Nivi Sharma
President, BRCK Education
Richard Hanson
Senior Education Programmes Adviser, Cambridge Education
Mona Laroussi
Mona Laroussi
Executive Dierctor, IFIC, Institut de la Francophonie pour l’ingénierie de la connaissance et la formation à distance
David Hollow
David Hollow
Lead Consultant, Jigsaw Consult



Afternoon Break-out sessions

Session A

The use of ICT in pedagogy

Moderator: Jean-Marie Sohier, Sealord

Shivananda Salgame
Shivananda Salgame
Co-Founder & Director Social Business, Guru-G Learning Labs
Papa Youga Dieng
Papa Youga Dieng
Coordinator IFADEM, Direction de l’Education et de la Jeunesse, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

These are followed by presentations of good practices by participants:

  • Hendrien Maat, Edukans
  • Jo Tondeur, VUB
Session B

ICT and quality education for all

Moderator: Tom Vandenbosch, VVOB

Linda Kamau
Linda Kamau
Vice President and Director of Training, AkiraChix

Good practice presentations by participants:

  • Julien Steel, Simba Education
  • Hans De Four, KlasCement and Dima Al Arqan, PICA
Session C

Transferable skills and lifelong learning

Moderator: Martin Valcke, Ghent University

Feliz Fernando
Fernando Hettiyadura
Regional Digital Development Officer, Plan International Asia Regional Office

Good practice presentations by participants:

  • Carlos Kiyan, Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Reiner Mathar, ESD Expertnet

Closing address

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