UNESCO urges global ban on smartphones in schools to promote human-centred education approach

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published its 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report titled "Technology in Education: A Tool on Whose Terms", which supports a worldwide ban on smartphones in schools where technology integration Does not improve learning outcomes.

An Overview of the News

  • UNESCO advocates a more "human-centred approach" to education and highlights the need to reduce reliance on digital technology.

  • Excessive use of smartphones has negative effects on children's academic performance and emotional competence.

  • UNESCO's Manos Antoninis raised concerns about data leaks in educational technology, revealing that only 16 percent of countries have laws guaranteeing data privacy in the classroom.

  • The shift to online-only learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of approximately 500 million students worldwide.

  • The report emphasises that the right to education is increasingly linked to meaningful connectivity. One in four primary schools do not have access to electricity, making it important to set standards for connecting schools to the Internet.

  • The survey conducted by UNESCO reveals that only 11 out of 51 governments have implemented a curriculum for artificial intelligence (AI) in schools.


  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN)

  • It is also a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UN SDG), a coalition of United Nations agencies and organisations that aims to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Headquarters:- Paris, France

  • Director General: -Audrey Azoulay

  • Founded:- 16 November 1945 in London, United Kingdom

  • The organisation has -193 members and 11 associate members

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