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ICT4D Seminar: UNESCO, literacy and educational development: Innovations and new information and communications technologies

May 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Grad School of Education, Room 203

Categories: Seminar

Today, a billion citizens, nearly one-seventh of world population, are not able to read and write and are excluded from the contemporary text-mediated world. This clearly is an unacceptable situation if we want to create an inclusive, sustainable world. UNESCO has, over the last sixty years, consistently tried to be a thought leader in education and development. There is an imperative need to look for innovative solutions, including the creative use of information and communications technologies, to reach the hard to reach and low-literate populations. Both historical trends and new initiatives will be discussed.

Dr. I.V.Subba Rao, Chief, Literacy and Non-formal education at UNESCO, Paris, is an educationist and developmental administrator who has, over the last three decades, held key leadership positions in India. Dr. Rao has made a significant contribution to India’s literacy efforts and has led important initiatives to improve the quality of schooling and teacher education. He has been closely associated with educational policy making at the national level and policy implementation at the local levels. He has wide ranging experience in the areas of literacy assessment, lifelong learning, non-formal education, open learning, child labor, multi-lingual education, AIDS education and use of ICT in education. Dr. Rao has a PhD in education policy and leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

The ICT4D Seminar is supported by the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education/International Educational Development Program, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Programmatic support is provided by Annenberg’s Center for Global Communication Studies.