Participation Programme

UNESCO's Participation Programme is designed to provide direct assistance to initiatives undertaken by Member States in the Organization's fields of competence, in line with priorities determined by the countries themselves, with proposals submitted via UNESCO National Commissions. As an ensemble, Participation Programme projects touch on many of the technical fields and areas of concern addressed in the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy, including 'Knowledge management and information for decision-making', as reflected in a sampling of projects from the 2002-2003 period.

  • Antigua and Barbuda. Study grant in information technology.
  • Aruba. Short term license for use of a Dutch language teaching computer program for eleven schools and other locales.
  • Bahrain. Information technology applications in education. Planning technical and detailed infrastructure for electronic library to utilize Internet and to support e-learning in Bahrain schools. Promoting public library services, through assessment of present situation and future options. Building-up an environmental data base at the Environmental Research Centre at the University of Bahrain.
  • Barbados. 'Music 2000'data bank. Inventory and digitization of collections of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society.
  • Cape Verde. Training archivists in modern records management techniques. Proving informatics materials for educational department in higher education institute. Support for setting-up an Internet centre for young people.
  • Cuba. Digitization of classical Cuban literature from the collection of the National Library and other libraries.
  • Cyprus. Training of trainers in computer networking and software. Training in computer networking.
  • Haiti. Upgrading the informatics capacities of the National Archive system.
  • Jamaica. Training for new librarians. Video cataloguing of documentaries on fine arts and architecture. Digitalization of collections of Jamaica Memory Bank Archive. Training on use of information technologies.
  • Kiribati. Documentation and publication of indigenous knowledge, skills and stories.
  • Maldives. Development of an advanced certificate in distance education.
  • Marshall Islands. Reinforcing local capacities for the production of culturally relevant audio-visual programmes in Laura Village.
  • Mauritius. Opening six secondary-school libraries to the general public.
  • Micronesia (Federated States of). Conference room networking and upgrading of audio-visual equipment of Public Information Office.
  • Netherlands Antilles. Conference room networking and audio/visual equipment upgrading project, Public Information Office. Purchase of computers for educational purposes for Sacred Heart Primary School.
  • Niue. Training at community level in the use of ICTs as a means of self-empowerment.
  • Palau. Equipping school libraries with appropriate infrastructure, Internet connectivity and modern electronic equipment. Establishing electronic networking links between Belau National Museum and Palau Community College Library. Safeguarding the documentary heritage of the national archives.
  • Papua New Guinea. Media equipment for youth centre.
  • São Tomé & Principe. Using radio-transmissions for improving formal and non-formal education and animating school-community interactions.
  • Seychelles. Enhancing capacity of central education services through information technology. Upgrading computerized documentation centres.
  • St Kitts & Nevis. Setting-up community library at St Johns, Nevis. Equipment for preserving archived documentary material.
  • St Lucia. Workshops for teachers and coordinators of information and communication technology at regional secondary schools in St Lucia and Dominica. Expanding branch libraries into telecentres.
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines. Enhancing access to slave trade archives and libraries. Empowering the underprivileged through the use of information technology. Empowering adolescent girls through training in computer literacy. Strengthening the national information system through the application of electronic technology in the public library service. Building community capacity through the establishment of a technology resource centre in Chile Georgetown and Union Island. Fostering participatory democracy through enhanced transmission capacity and training of public service broadcasting.
  • Tonga. Information and communication technology for distance education. Safeguarding archives for information access and cultural heritage.
  • Trinidad and Tobago. Development of multimedia information centre and automated registry of local documentation depository. On-line instruction and distance learning for teachers of students with disabilities. Informatics training and equipment.
  • Tuvalu. Upgrading of capacities in land record repository.
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