The administrative software that was especially designed for the HRCTEM to collect student data was delivered and tested in October 2006. The company gave a presentation to the IMIH project team and a workshop was given to 2 administrative members of HRCTEM. Unfortunately the system got affected by a virus and needs to be reinstalled- all data are lost and have to be put back.On the meeting with the principals (7 November) of the IMIH pilot schools it was confirmed that it is very difficult to use software for administration (E.g. SchoolNet) that is conform with regulations of the DOET since it changes from year to year. Updating administrative software is expensive. For day to day management systems Excel is successfully being used. Software of DOET is mainly used to report to the Government. IMIH collected samples of school management tools where ICT is used effectively. All these samples will be gathered on a CDROM and distributed in 2007. This effort is in line with the Governments’ ICT guidelines for 2006/2007.

Still, in most pilot schools ICT is being used in management and administration in a very creative way, from the making of posters or leaflets explaining the schools’ rules and regulations to storing and retrieving student and teacher data, time schedules etc. More specifically, ICT is mostly used for student-monitoring, learning result software, entries- and final exam data monitoring software and finance/staff management software. Thus, ICT has become an indispensable tool in management and administration in all IMIH pilot schools.  Unfortunately, some software especially designed for the IMIH schools proved to be expensive and ineffective.

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APEIDBart Cornille also presented a paper in the 10th APEID International Conference on “Learning together for tomorrow: Education for Sustainable Development” (6-8 December 2006). The conference was more than an eye-opener as it presented very practical tools to promote ESD. ICTs are critical to media involvement in ESD because they are a means of linking distant partners, storing data and sharing information. IMIH, therefore, could adjust its overall objective to support broader development goals to help create a workforce equipped for the knowledge society and knowledge economy.

There is scope for ESD to be better incorporated into the IMIH project. Then, the HRCTEM could grow to become a centre for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) since it is already supporting a lot of schools in
Hanoi on Environmental Education (HEEP) and on ICT integration in teaching/learning, management/administration (IMIH) – two important elements of the strategy for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

For more information, a report is available upon request. My paper you can download from here http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=5518

From 13 November until 25 November 2006 the IMIH project supported Mr. Hai (Deputy chief of vocation education division HETD), Mr. Phong (Vice IMIH Project leader), Mrs. Thang (IMIH Project team), Mrs. Hong (IMIH translator), Mr. Cornille (IMIH Project coordinator) to go on a study trip to
Belgium. IMIH also partly supported the visit to Belgium of Mr. Can Viet Anh
(Director International Aid, Hanoi People’s Committee) and Mr. Nyaga (Head of department ICT integration in KTTC,
Kenya). The study tour was very successful and included visits to schools (3 days), internal VVOB days (2 days) and a VVOB-CEGO workshop (3 days). During the
first VVOB-CEGO International Conference on Strengthening Innovation and Quality in Education Building Experience, Excellence and Commitment through North-South Partnerships Mrs. Hong, Mr. Nyaga and Mr. Cornille presented 2 papers (+ Mr. Putseys). A comprehensive evaluation report was written and is available upon request.

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