Microsoft and UNESCO: Together to promote Education through Information and Communication technologies (ICT)

© UNESCO/ Roger, Dominique

Since 2004, Microsoft and UNESCO have been working together, exchanging experience, know how and developing projects. The aim is to foster ICT education and learning of teachers to accelerate the social and economic development worldwide.

The partnership between UNESCO and Microsoft is global in its scope. However, a number of collaborations also take place at the country level to support the local application of ICT in education.

Fields of Cooperation

The partnership targets developing countries in order to help bridge the digital devide. A large number of actions have been implemented at the global level in the following 8 main areas:

  • Education and learning;
  • Community access and development;
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity and preservation;
  • Digital inclusion and capacity;
  • Exchange and promotion of best practices on the use of ICT for socio-economic development;
  • Fostering web-based communities of practice, including content development, knowledge sharing and empowerment through participation;
  • Facilitating exchange of information and of software applications; sharing expertise and strategies.

Project « Next Generation of Teachers » 

The first operational initiative was undertaken to prepare the next generation of teachers in Asia pacific region. It judiciously used the technologies for teaching and learning. More specifically, the programme developed a package for Teacher Education Institutions (TEI). Specific methods helped assess and meet the needs in terms of technology integration. Materials such as assessment tool, curriculum frameworks, start-up kit, and training modules were developed. A network of TEI was created to document and consolidate lessons learned to be used as feedback for policymaking and recommendations.

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