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The United Nations, through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UNESCO >Education for All (EFA), World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) and Literacy Decade initiatives, has set a high priority on the improvement of education world-wide.

The G8 Heads of State concur and acknowledge the role that information and communication technology (ICT) can play in supporting educational improvement. The UNESCO ICT Competency Standards for Teachers project is developed in support of these priorities.

Economists identify three factors that lead to growth based on increased productivity:
-  capital deepening (the use of equipment that is more productive than earlier versions);
-  higher quality labor (a more knowledgeable workforce that is more productive), and
-  technological innovation-the creation, distribution, and use of new knowledge.

These three productivity factors serve as the basis for three complementary, somewhat overlapping approaches that connect education policy with economic development.

-  ICT competency standards for teachers;
-  Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for the Arab region: Miftaah;
-  Digital library on traditional Arabic literature: Majaliss.

:: Support of preservation of documentary heritage (press, media) in Algeria

Within the framework of preparation to the 32 C5, the national Algerian committee wished to drawn the attention of the office of Rabat to the need to support efforts of the government in order to preserve the documentary and national audiovisual heritage. During a mission in Algeria in January 2003, the Ministry of Culture and Communication has expressed the same concern. A meeting with the Ministry of Communication in May 2004 has made it possible to confirm this option. (More...)

Publication of practical guide to computer recycling

Paris, 21 November - UNESCO is launching a free practical guide to computer recycling for entrepreneurs and project sponsors, on the occasion of a conference on Digital Solidarity being held in Lyons (France). Monday 24 November 2008

Launch of the second phase of online training on FOSS software for countries in the Arab region

A new series of training in Arabic and French will start on 9 October 2008 and inscriptions are open for registration. Wednesday 8 October 2008


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