Building Knowledge Societies

Communication and Information

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The power of knowledge cannot be underestimated. It can transform economies, revolutionize societies and allow individuals to make conscious decisions based on quality and factual information. UNESCO envisages future societies that are literate in using knowledge and information towards sustainable development. In order for this to occur, sharing of information must expand its reach to as many communities and establishments as it can. UNESCO is committed to achieving this by promoting freedom of expression; universal access to information; respect for cultural diversity; and quality education for all.

In Viet Nam, UNESCO promotes a capacity building approach to knowledge societies, in which individuals are able to access information through Open Educational Resources, Free and Open Source Software, Open Access to Scientific Information and distance learning institutions. These resources provide a platform for learning and allow people to share and receive knowledge more easily.

Preservation of documentary heritage is also a key factor in UNESCO’s vision of knowledge societies. By preserving historical and digitized documents, such as the 34,555 plates of wood-blocks of the Nguyen Dynasty, a deep sense of heritage and identity is protected and used in building inclusive and knowledgeable societies for the future.

Information Literacy plays an important role in sustaining ongoing efforts in responsible knowledge and information management. Building upon previous information literacy projects, Viet Nam has made great progress in providing its people with opportunities to educate themselves in ICT, Digital and Media and Information Literacy. Among its most recent achievements, Viet Nam was awarded the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize for the programme “Books for rural areas of Vietnam.”

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