The University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have just launched an online course on Local e-Governance in the Caribbean.
Professor Stewart Marshall, the Programme Coordinator and Director of UWIDEC, said “Local governments, non-governmental organisations and communities must utilise the new information communication technologies (ICT) if they are to be sustainable in the information economy”.
Mr Alton Grizzle, the UNESCO officer responsible for facilitating the development of the course for the Caribbean, added that “using ICT in local governance can improve local management and administration, and also lead to greater participation and transparency in local government”.
Richard Escalante, the UWI Lecturer in e-Government responsible for preparing the course, explained that “the course on Local e-Governance in the Caribbean is designed to improve the knowledge, skills and capabilities of people in governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations in the Caribbean in the use of ICT in governance and government. The course is based on a similar one originally written and successfully delivered for UNESCO by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Spain”.
The course on Local e-Governance in the Caribbean does not assume any formal tertiary or higher education qualification, but it does assume that participants will have relevant post-secondary experience and training.
The pilot version of the course runs for ten (10) weeks from September 19 to November 25, 2005. Full scholarships are available for this first offering, but it is anticipated that there will be considerable competition for places, so it is advisable to apply early, well before the applications closure date of July 22, 2005.
Further details can be obtained from the website at - http://e-gov.dec.uwi.edu/
or from: Professor Stewart Marshall, email@example.com
Mailing address: Certificate in e-Governance, Distance Education Centre, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados