19.10.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO and Nokia sign partnership to use mobile technologies to further goals of Education For All

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Esko Aho, Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Responsibility, of the telecommunications company Nokia, have signed an agreement to promote the use of mobile technologies to further the objectives of Education For All (*).

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Esko Aho,  Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Responsibility, of the telecommunications company Nokia, have signed an agreement to promote the use of mobile technologies to further the objectives of Education For All (*).

    Under the initial three-year agreement, Nokia will contribute between five and ten million dollars which will be invested in three types of projects. In a first phase, research will be conducted to identify possible applications of mobile technology to support Education For All. The results will be transmitted in the form of guidelines to education ministries and policy-makers in developing countries.

    The second part of the agreement concerns teachers. It will promote the use of mobile technologies to support training and capacity-building, as well as the management of educational institutions, particularly in gathering data on staff, pupils and school facilities.

    The third part of the agreement covers the development of new mobile applications that have educational potential. “Mobile technologies offer access to information and enrich learning environments. UNESCO wants to make sure they are used to promote the delivery of quality education based on the sharing of knowledge,” said the Director-General.

    “In education mobile technology is a great enabler for empowerment,” says Esko Aho, Executive Vice President, Nokia. “We believe that as a society we have barely scratched the surface of what mobile communications can achieve. Through cooperation with UNESCO we can accelerate the transformation that mobile communications can bring to the availability and quality of education especially in developing countries.”

    Nokia is a member of the Global Compact, a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. Since June 2010, Nokia has been supporting sustainable tourism in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.


(*) Six Education For All goals




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