Partnership story

UNESCO and Microsoft use technology to promote education


In November 2004, UNESCO and Microsoft started their cooperation through an agreement to accelerate social and economic development around the world.

Areas of Cooperation

The following areas are fields in which the UNESCO/ Microsoft cooperation benefits society and communities everywhere, especially in developing countries:

  • Education and learning
  • Community access and development
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity and preservation
  • Digital inclusion and capacity building
  • Exchange and promotion for best practices on the use of information and communication technology for socio-economic development programs
  • Fostering web-based communities of practice, including content development, knowledge sharing and empowerment through participation
  • Facilitating exchange and strategies

The Next Generation of Teachers Project

As the first operational initiatives undertaken by the cooperation the Next Generation of Teachers (NET) is a project administered by UNESCO’s Bangkok office. Launched in June 2005 the project prepares the next generation of Asian Pacific teachers to judiciously use technologies for teaching and learning.