The UNESCO-NetEdu Tool is a Digital resource that supports policymakers from government agencies to collectively inform a national strategy for an effective response to SDG4. The UNESCO-NetEdu Tool allow policymakers to weave the wider learning ecosystem in partnership with the digital ecosystem, supporting the tech development in the country and advancing digitization to better achieve SDG4.

The tool facilitates a set of processes to visualize, understand and iteratively weave the learning ecosystem at a national level, engaging with and mobilizing the existing and potential involvement of diverse stakeholders from multiple sectors and disciplines beyond the traditional educational system. The tool processes engage with governmental agencies to team up with city agencies in the country for SDG4 achievement, and collaborate in the visualization, analysis and strengthening of the national learning ecosystem.

What specific outcomes and processes are supported by the UNESCO-NetEdu Tool?

  • Allowing the mapping and visualization of the existing and potential involvement of diverse stakeholders from multiple sectors and disciplines beyond the traditional educational system. 
  • Allowing the visualization of existing and potential relationships between stakeholders within the ecosystem.
  • Facilitating a deep involvement and development of the technological and digital sector within the wider learning ecosystem.
  • Facilitating the analysis of the development and growth of the learning ecosystem
  • Informing a country collective strategy for learning ecosystem policy.
  • Building a collaborative Tool Team to lead the process.
  • Facilitating a set of intentional collaborative processes for the Tool Team to co-map and analyze the learning ecosystem at a national level. 
  • Support the Tool Team to develop a strategic approach encompassing dialogue, engagement and co-reflection amongst the actors within a country or region’s education ecosystem, to work in deeply collaborative manners in order to define and achieve shared SDG4 objectives.
  • Start weaving a collaborative culture in the extended learning ecosystem in the Country, leveraging existing and new resources to better achieve SDG4 outcomes.
The tool inspires an evolutionary process that is mirrored in biological ecosystems, that grows and evolves from traditional rigid and isolated educational systems into wider and cross-sectoral learning ecosystesms across this 4 stages (NetEdu team, 2022).

The tool design started in October 2021 and is now being developed, prototyped and tested in Ghana, Africa, with the lead of the NetEduProject team (Blanquerna, URL) and UNESCO, in collaboration with UNESCO Ghana, Ministry of Education Ghana, T-Tel Ghana and Jacobs Foundation. For further interest, please connect with Dr. Jordi Díaz-Gibson jorgedg@blanquerna.url.edu