UNESCO's Communication and Information
Sector organized in January/February 2001 the "UNESCO
Workshop on Distance Education," in conjunction with
a panel on "Opportunities for Partnership." The event
took place within the framework of LEARNTEC.
The success of the 2001 workshop, of which LDI was prinileged
to have been part at the invitation of UNESCO, led to a more
extensive series of activities in 2002, namely::
UNESCO LEARNTEC Asian Forum - ULAF (04 - 05 February 2002).
Twenty selected participants at decision making and CEO level
from Asia and the Pacific met with the D21 Board in a brainstorming
session on the promotion of ICTs in society and on opportunities
Global Forum on Learning Technology "To Reach the Unreached"
(06 - 07 February, 2002). The most outstanding work done worldwide
on the use of technology to reach the unreached (remote and rural
areas, marginalized groups, etc.) was presented by governments,
international and regional organizations, NGOs and corporations
(e.g. Open Universities in India, Internet mobile units in Malaysia,
World Space Digital Radio, etc.). This was followed by a panel
for general discussion to decide on future mechanisms for the
use of these successful experiments in other parts of the world.
Workshop on Distance Education (08 February, 2002). Organized
jointly with the German Association of Distance Education.
LDI was again invited to take part in the activities UNESCO
organized in the framework of Learntec 2002. LDI's primary focus
was on the Global Forum on Learning Technology: "To Reach
the Unreached" for which a paper on Technology,
learning, corruption, and the development of mind was
prepared. Like the year before, LDI President Jan Visser was
also selected to serve as Rapporteur-General for the entire set
of three activities.