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UNESCO's Open Training Platform endorsed as a GAID Flagship Partnership Initiative

07-05-2008 (Paris)
UNESCO's Open Training Platform endorsed as a GAID Flagship Partnership Initiative
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The Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) has decided to grant UNESCO's Open Training Platform (OTP) the Flagship Partnership Initiative status.
GAID, which is an inclusive global forum and platform for cross-sectoral policy dialogue on the use of ICT for development, chooses to catalyse multi-stakeholder activities contributing to attaining its objectives across GAID four focus areas (education, entrepreneurship, governance and health): these are the Flagship Partnership Initiatives.

The Open Training Platform increases the number of Flagship Initiatives, adding on to major projects like “Better Connectivity with Broadband to Africa” or “telecentre 2.0”.

This is a significant recognition of both the OTP added value and of its development within 14 months. The Open Training Platform is thus recognised as a valuable tool matching existing learning needs (like access centres) and learning resources, unlocking and maximising people's learning opportunities for improvement of living conditions and poverty reduction using ICT.

OTP in figures:
  • 71 000 visitors since March 2007 (launching date);
  • 2200 learning resources in all categories with focus on entrepreneurship, disaster, food security, agriculture, languages and environment;
  • 10 UN Partners: ITU, ILO/ITC, FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNITAR, UNSSC, the UN University, the UN Volunteers, WHO.
Visit the Open Training Platform, the hub to free and open learning for development!
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