Mongolia officially launches its national ROAM assessment – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News
On May 19, 2022, the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office, in collaboration with the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, launched the ROAM project in Mongolia to conduct the digital landscape assessment, using the indicators and principles of UNESCO’s ROAM-X Internet Universality. The project is supported by the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
More than 30 people representing the Mongolian Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, the National Statistical Office of Mongolia and other relevant government departments, academia, technical community, private sector, media, civil society, organizations of persons with disabilities, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in Mongolia attended the meeting online and offline.
Professor Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing and UNESCO Representative in China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea opened the session. In his remarks, Professor Khan expressed hope that the findings of this assessment will help improve the quality of policy-making and practice in Mongolia to ensure that the benefits of the Internet are universally available to every individual.
Mr. Boldsaikhan Sambuu, Secretary General of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, highlighted the relevance of the assessment to address national digital challenges such as the digital divide, misinformation, disinformation and freedom of journalists.
Otgonjargal Gantulga, Project Manager of NGO Digital Era – the implementing partner of the project, introduced NGO Digital Era and its mission to provide digital transformation consulting service as well as digital literacy trainings to users Mongolians.
Xianhong Hu, Program Specialist at UNESCO and Simon Ellis, International Technical Advisor, gave an overview of the whole project, highlighting the process and methodology behind the implementation of the ROAM framework.
The two experts underlined that the unique strength of the framework lies in its unique holistic vision which protects all human rights, promotes multi-partnership to empower national actors and vulnerable groups while providing an accurate diagnosis of Internet policies and Mongolia’s digital environment.
Representing the NGO Digital Era, Ms. Ariunzul Liijuu-Ochir presented the expected timeline for the completion of the national ROAM assessment, potentially making Mongolia the first country to complete the assessment in the Asia-Pacific region and the 6th IUI Series National Assessment Report.
She also stressed the importance of addressing the issue of accessibility for people with disabilities as well as vulnerable groups and hopes that the assessment could help improve national policies on accessibility.
As the meeting brought together national stakeholders from various sectors making up the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Board (MAB), ROAM project focal points highlighted the importance of the role of the Board in providing guidance and support to the research team while throughout the data collection and review process.
The Mongolian stakeholders all recognized the relevance of the study to understand the complexity of Internet development and its impact to effectively address the Internet for optimal contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO reaffirms its support to Mongolia in developing and submitting Internet-related policies based on the findings of the project in relation to Mongolia’s digital nation strategy and helping bridge digital divides to create a more inclusive internet that leaves no one behind.