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World Bank - UNESCO cooperation on ICT and education

The World Bank has enjoyed a close and productive multi-year partnership with UNESCO exploring issues related to the use of ICTs in education.

Highlights of this partnership, which includes many components, include:

  • Work on ICT/education indicators, as part of the Technical Advisory Program for the ICT/education statistical gathering work led by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
  • Joint support for the ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners & Practitioners (through the infoDev program)
  • Regular inclusion of staff from both organizations on peer review of analytical work on this topic
  • Joint programming of numerous knowledge-sharing and capacity building activities in various places around the world each year (including the global symposium on ICT use in education (GSIE) in Korea)

The World Bank is also notably currently working with partners in multiple countries to contextualize and adapt the ICT competency framework for teachers (ICT-CFT) proposed by UNESCO for use in national teacher professional development programs

As part of this work, the World Bank works most closely with the the ICT & education team in UNESCO's education sector in Paris; the UNESCO CI group in Paris; the team at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in Montreal focusing on ICT/education indicators; and the ICT/education team at UNESCO-Bangkok