12.07.2002 -

Multimedia Training Kit for ICT for Development

- Community multimedia centres, information service providers and community radio stations are the focus of a new training initiative by UNESCO. The Organization has launched a collaborative process to produce a multimedia training kit involving key stakeholders in the field of information and communication for development. The comprehensive suite of interactive, multimedia learning modules will cover organizational, management, content production and issue-based training.

The modules will target both salaried and volunteer staff of community media and service providers and assume a secondary-school level of education as a minimum.


The project, which is funded jointly by UNESCO and the Rockefeller Foundation, is coordinated by the Association for Progressive Communication. Key stakeholders such as OneWorld International, Panos, AMARC - the world association of community radio - and the International Institute for Communication and Development, IICD are expected to join an editorial board to oversee the production of the kit.


These organisations will review existing training materials in this field, both their own and that of other partners interested in pooling resources to create an open access suite of materials to be made available online, in hard copy and on CD Rom. These materials will be reviewed, some reformatted or updated and, where necessary, new materials will be created. The resulting prototype training kit will be widely tested, evaluated and revised before global distribution of the English-language version. French and Spanish versions are also planned.

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