UNESCO and Microsoft intend to strengthen their cooperation in the field of teaching and learning including basic ICT skill training. Announcing this plan at the Governmental Leadership Forum Arabia in Egypt’s capital Cairo last week, UNESCO and Microsoft will now develop a comprehensive agreement detailing their collaboration.
UNESCO and Microsoft intend to cooperate in the pursuit of three common goals:
First, to promote the effective utilisation of ICT in teaching and learning; to promote ICT skills training for student, teachers and the broader education community; and to explore creative, technology-based solutions that can be used effectively in education.
Second, to improve lifelong learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth and adults by providing technology related skills training through community technology learning centres.
And finally, to collaborate to explore the potential to include a Microsoft-based Open Application Sharing Platform to UNESCO’s global programmes.
The planned cooperation is hoped to permit both UNESCO and Microsoft to leverage the work of the other in achieving their respective goals and to develop partnerships with other strategic organisations at the global and country level.