UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning pledge to strengthen cooperation in promoting quality education for all

Following their meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in May 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning, have signed a new Work Plan Agreement aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two Organizations in the field of education.

The agreement covers such priority areas as expanding access to universal primary education, teacher training, and education for sustainable development. Particular attention is also given to quality assurance in higher education, especially in Africa, as well as to facilitating cross-border education and higher education opportunities for small states, including Small Island Development States (SIDS).

The new agreement draws attention to the important role new technologies can play in enhancing the access and quality of education. UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning will collaborate in activities related to open, distance and e-learning, and in the development of open source software, with a special focus on science and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and on promoting linguistic diversity. One final important area for collaboration is in strengthening South-South cooperation in open schooling, as an alternative to conventional classroom education, particularly for girls, women and other disadvantaged groups.

A joint mechanism will be put in place to ensure the regular review of progress in implementing these activities.

  • Auteur(s):La Porte-parole
  • Source:Flash Info N° 097-2007
  • 16-07-2007
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