At Intel we firmly believe in the transformative power of education and we advocate a balanced approach that includes policy reform, curriculum & assessment, professional development for teachers, research and evaluation, and appropriate use of ICT to accomplish meaningful transformation in the classroom. We partner with governments and NGO’s around the world to facilitate them in improving and modernizing their education programs.
Intel has invested in teachers for over a decade through the Intel® Teach program so they can inspire our students to be innovative, creative and prepared with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills imperative to our future. Intel invests in teachers because solving tomorrow’s challenges begins in today’s classrooms.
In an article she wrote earlier this year, Yen Hui Wu, an English Grade 7-9 teacher at the Fanghe Junior High School in Taiwan, explained how the Intel Teach program had trained her in how to integrate technology into her classroom and incorporate critical thinking techniques into her teaching process. “We have an excellent teaching tool to support us. Thanks to Intel Teach, you’ve made our teaching better and effective.”
As part of the ongoing partnerships with government ministries, Intel hosts education transformation workshops that bring together ministry officials, educators, NGO’s and multilateral organizations to collaborate on policy development for education transformation. In 2012, these events have been held in various Asia Pacific countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Pakistan.
The workshop in Hanoi consisted of 72 participants from Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, UNESCO, ADB, VVOB, MOET & DOET officials as well as university professors to establish a working team to focus on ICT in education policy development.
In Pakistan, the workshop offered a snapshot of the current national education landscape and gives praise to the local momentum in transforming education through ICT schemes. The focus of the session was on future planning for the evolution of ICT usage in the classroom to integrating ICT in everyday learning environments. The policy makers and influencers in the room were able to discuss successful case studies in the region from Korea and Singapore, recognize the importance of ICT as a part of education policy planning and envision a future of 21st century learning environments in Pakistan.
An effective education transformation can help countries to increase student competitiveness, build job skills and competencies, support economic development and provide social cohesion.
Through research and work with local governments, vendors, and communities, Intel supports countries to drive a systemic education transformation. Intel has invested over $1 billion dollars and close to 3 million employee volunteer hours to improve teaching and learning environments in 70+ countries over the last decade.
Intel’s model of education transformation is a systemic approach that is based on research and includes the best practices for improved educational outcomes. For the individual it opens doors to new opportunities and an empowered future, for communities it is the key to the innovation that will deliver social and economic progress.